A wine decanter is an essential part of enjoying wine at home, but with so many different designs and materials available, it can be hard to know when it’s time to replace yours. However, there are several tell-tale signs that you need to change your wine decanter—here are seven of them.

If it leaks

Wine decanters have a tendency to leak if they’re not properly maintained, which can be disastrous for your glass or wood furniture. If your decanter leaks, try cleaning it carefully with soap and water to see if that solves it. Otherwise, you might need to replace it.

If it stains

Wine is often referred to as the champagne of reds, but if you have staining issues with your wine decanter, it might be time to consider a new one. If your current decanter stains easily and/or isn’t dishwasher safe, then check out Le Chateau Wine Decanters. These wine decanters are designed specifically for crystal-clear, drip-free pouring and maximum versatility.

If you have an old one

Lechateau Wine Decanters are designed to hold wine as it breathes and aerates. This process maximises flavour and aroma while slowing down oxidation. With careful attention, even a single bottle of wine can be enjoyed for weeks longer than if it were kept in its original packaging. So, before you throw that old decanter away, give us a call. Here are seven signs that your decanter is due for an upgrade

If it's full of bits of cork and other rubbish

If there are bits of cork in your wine, it could mean that your decanter isn't aerating it properly. That's a problem because air is one of two essential ingredients (the other being good wine) in making a fine red or white. Even though you can replace just about any part on a Le Chateau Deluxe model, and cleaning kits are available, we recommend upgrading to a better model if you have trouble with particles in your wine.

If the colour has faded

If you’ve used a lechateau decanter from lechateauwinedecanter.com for many years, there may come a time when it’s no longer able to pull its weight. If your wine has begun to lose some of its deep red colours, or if it smells musty and dry, it may be time to move on to something new.

If it smells funky

Wine decanters have a tendency to get funky over time, which means it might be time to throw yours away. While there are ways to clean it, keep in mind that no amount of soap will make up for letting your decanter go rancid in storage. Take a minute and think about how often you use it: If you haven’t used your decanter in more than three months, you’re not starting anytime soon. The solution?

If it just doesn't look nice anymore.

If your wine decanter just doesn’t look nice anymore, it might be time to replace it. There are a few signs that you need to replace your wine decanter: chips or cracks in the bowl, stains in one area, tarnished spigots and stoppers, and mildew on any part of it.