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How to Transport Your Wine Safely

Whether you have a few favorite bottles or an entire cellar full of wine, your collection must be treated with care. One of the most critical aspects of this is protection during transportation. Moving to another city or country—or even down the street—means that you must transport your wine as well. Understanding how to pack and move your wine collection will make all the difference in its preservation during this transition.

Packing Red & White Wine

Reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Zinfandel, plus whites like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio should be packed and transported on their sides or upside down. The purpose of this is to keep the corks wet, which can help prevent spoilage or oxidation.

Packing Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Champagne and sparkling wines like Prosecco, Cava, or sparkling rosé should be transported upright. The pressure inside will keep the cork moist and the seal intact.

Boxing Your Wine

The ideal way to pack wine is in a wine box designed for that specific purpose. If you’re packing your wine on your own, you can purchase wine boxes that include special Styrofoam dividers to protect the bottles. Be sure to use the boxes as directed and carefully tape both the bottom and the top of the box. You should also label the box as “Fragile” and write down its contents so it is handled properly and you’re able to identify it easily.

During Transport, Temperature Is Everything

Although there is a higher risk of damaging wine from extreme heat or cold, harmful temperatures can occur in any season while wine is being transported. You can address this by moving your wine yourself in your vehicle, where you can control the temperature inside. If your wine is in the back of a truck or van, it is more likely to become too warm or cold. You can also see about transporting it in a climate-controlled vehicle.

Do I Need a Wine Shipping Company?

If you have a larger collection or particularly valuable wines you want to protect, your best option may be hiring a wine shipping company. These businesses specialize in packing and transporting wine, which can help prevent damage from harmful temperatures. Transporting wine the wrong way can lead to oxidation, bottle shock, or even broken bottles. Follow the tips above to protect your wines so you can enjoy them at your new home!