What’s the Best Way to Move My Wine Collection?

We understand that a wine cellar is both a large investment and a delicate property requiring great care. If you need to move your wine collection, there are some necessary steps you should consider.

Create an inventory your wine. If you have a small collection, you may want to transport it yourself, to minimize damage, temperature variations, and vibrations.

For larger collections that will be shipped, have your wine appraised to reach a value. Depending on its value and the rarity of your wines, you may want to have shipped on a vehicle with climate control, instead of on the moving truck with the rest of your household belongings. If you do have a wine collection shipped with the rest of your household goods, you’ll want to give serious thought to your valuation options;

If you have a large collection and are moving during the summer or the winter, when temperatures can be extreme, climate controlled shipping may be a better choice.  The older and rarer your wines are, the more sensitive they’ll be to temperature changes. If you move during early spring or late fall, when temperatures are closest to wine’s ideal temperature, you may not need a climate controlled truck.

How to Pack Your Wine Collection

The best way to pack your wine for moving is with plenty of cushioning. Pack bottles on their sides or upside down, to keep the corks wet. You have to make sure all opened bottles are set aside since they can cause great damage. However, it is best if you you can hire professional movers to pack your collection. They have experience and training to handle such fragile items. It is best to bear in mind that some countries have restrictions governing the types and amount of alcohol that can be brought in for personal use.

How to Avoid Bottle Shock

Wine that has been treated roughly  – shaken, moved etc., can lose flavor if it’s opened too soon. Let your wine rest after moving and unpacking. A good rule of thumb is to let it sit for few days.


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