Know the best way to transport your wine collection
Moving A Wine Collection
If you enjoy a nice glass of wine, you may have found yourself over the years becoming a collector of some of the finer wines. Perhaps it began with a really good bottle or two, and soon enough you find you have a pretty decent wine collection. Whether you’re a new collector or a connoisseur, having to move your wine needs to be done correctly. Some of these bottles may be rare vintage wines, worth thousands of dollars.
Check current laws if you are moving out of state, as not all states accept wine shipments from other states. However, for private collectors moving their wines with household items, allowances are often made. For further information, check out the links below:
Small Wine Collections
Move it yourself: If your wine collection has little value, and is quite small, moving it in your car may be a good alternative. You will have full control of the temperature within the car.
If you do have good high value wines, and are thinking to move it yourself, be aware that changes in temperatures can spoil wine and any vibration can disturb sediment on mature reds. Try to keep temperatures steady to avoid any bottles from corking, around 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hire a moving company: If your wine collection is not of high value, and you are also moving your household items, using a moving company is a good option. When researching reputable moving companies, make sure to inquire if they have experience and their method of transporting wine.
Packing Your Wine Collection
Do It Yourself: If you are planning to pack your own wine collection, whether transporting it yourself, or hiring a moving company, special care will need to be taken in order to protect the wine.
These specialty boxes can be purchased from wine stores or any local moving companies that are licensed to ship wine.
Hiring a moving company:
Many reputable moving companies are experienced in moving wine collections. If you have done your research, you will have hired a company that you trust to move your wine. The professional crew will be well equipped to pack your wine using high quality materials, and transport your wine in temperature-controlled trucks.
Different moving companies do pack their wine bottles differently. Some recommend packing on the side, while others recommend the wine be packed and shipped upright.
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