Your wine collection is probably one of the most precious items you will have to move to the new location. Bottles of old and expensive wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion, wine bottles and glasses accumulated over the years are just some of the most delicate items that require special handling and adequate moving technique. By following our tips you will learn how to prepare your wine collection for moving day and keep it safe and sound during the relocation process.
– Decide whether you are going to move it yourself or you are going to have it transported in a climate controlled moving vehicle. If you eventually decide to entrust this task to the professional moving company make sure to ask how much it will cost you. Bare in mind that if you are moving a large wine collection across the country the best would be to have it shipped by professionals. On the other hand, small wine collections can be transported in a car where you can easily adjust the temperature.
– Final cost of the service depends on the distance, season and size of the shipment. No matter the size of your collection, make sure you get proper insurance that would cover your precious wine collection in case of any damage.
– If you are moving internationally, check your new country’s regulations regarding the import of alcohol.
How to pack wine bottles for the move
– Use proper packing material to wrap each bottle and glass separately to avoid scratches or breakage. If you are moving your wine collection on your own, avoid wrapping your items in newspapers. Otherwise you may have trouble cleaning ink marks from your glasses and bottles. Opt for bubble wrap and white tissue papers instead. It is highly recommended to use bubble wrap over the packing paper instead of applying it directly to your glassware.
– Wine shipping containers are the safest option for moving your wine collection. However, there are other, maybe more affordable ways. Use cell-divided cardboard boxes to pack wine bottles. They will provide proper protection during transportation. Cell boxes are suitable for glasses as well, since cardboard dividers will prevent your glassware from sliding and bumping into one another. You can get those boxes from a moving company, packing supplies store or liquor store. You can even obtain them for free, just make sure to talk with a local store manager and arrange when you can come and pick them up.
– Add cushioning and padding material to fill an empty space inside the box and hold your glasses and bottles in place.
– Label each side of the boxes properly, so that your movers will know if certain boxes need special attention and where to place them so as to keep them safe during the transit. Some wines require specific ways of transportation (for example upside down). Position of wine bottles also counts so make sure you are aware of it before you start packing so that you can get appropriate packaging.
– Do not stack other boxes or items on top of your wine collection.
– Wine bottles shouldn’t be exposed to extreme temperatures, so make sure you move it in a climate controlled moving vehicle. The same goes for storing wine bottles. Maintaining a consistent temperature will help you preserve your wine’s character and taste.
– No matter how much you want to reward yourself with a glass of nice wine after the move is completed do not open it immediately. If you want to preserve its good taste and character leave your bottles to rest at least one week before you open them.