Shipping or Moving Wine

Wine and grapes

Wine collections can be a considerable investment. Attempting to move a wine collection from one point to another, for whatever reason, can be quite the task. There are quite a few things you need to understand about shipping or moving wine. While this list of tips is far from comprehensive, these should get you started in understanding how difficult moving an expensive wine collection might be and why custom packing might be necessary for your collection.

Check the Value of Your Collection

Before moving a wine collection, you want to know what it is valued at. Start by having your wine appraised by a professional. This will help you to determine just what sort of insurance might be appropriate for shipping. It might also help to determine the amount of money to spend keeping your collection safe during your move.

Watch Your Temperatures

When moving a wine collection you should be aware that some of the wine may be very sensitive to temperatures. You need to be especially careful if moving your wine collection during the winter or the summer months when it could be exposed to extreme temperatures. It might be best to get a climate-controlled transportation method to keep your wine safe from adverse temperatures that could foul it.

Ensure there are No Legal Considerations

There are quite a few laws for moving alcohol internationally. You may want to check laws in transportation to make sure that you will not have any issues shipping your wine collection from one place to another. Wine can be confiscated, taxed or even subject to fines if the proper paperwork is not filled out as it is moved from one country to another. Avoid these issues by checking all appropriate laws first.

Packing and Shipping

When you have made all the arrangements to ship your wine, it is time to pack it up to get it ready to move. Many professional movers are willing to do this packing for you and will include it as part of their fee, but if you want to do the packing yourself, here are some tips:

  • Always remember to pack your wine bottles on their side the same way you would store them.
  • Use Styrofoam wine packing systems. These will keep your wine bottles safe from breaking as they are being transported. They are what professional wineries use when shipping bottles to customers. They can also help to keep the bottles at a more even temperature if being exposed to moderate temperature changes during the move.
  • Use heavy duty wine boxes that are made of double thick cardboard.
  • Clearly mark your boxes as fragile and with a “this end up” sticker so they are not moved or jostled too much during transport.
  • Give your wine a week or two to settle back down before enjoying and after your move.

Cratex group are experts at packing sensitive items like a wine collection. If you are looking for custom packaging for your wine collection, contact us today!