How to Pack Wine For Your Move

How to Pack Wine For Your Move

Your wine bottles require special care in a move. It isn’t difficult to upset wine’s delicate chemistry with high or low temperatures, vibration, humidity or light. Fine red wines are especially susceptible to damage in a move. You can minimize the risk with careful planning and packing.

Here are some tips for packing wine:

Pack red and white wines upside down or on their side. This will keep corks wet, preventing oxidation or spoilage.
Sparkling wines and Champagne should be packed upright.

Opened bottles cannot be shipped.

Avoid opening bottles for at least seven days after the move, and longer if the move required more than one day of driving. The movement of the truck causes the wine to shake, which can result in bottle shock. Opening the bottles before they’ve had sufficient time to recover from the vibrations can result in a loss of flavor.

Use A Divider

Use a divided/cell box that you can get free from a specialty wine shop or liquor store, or purchase a cell kit from a moving store. Use smaller boxes so they are easy to lift and carry.
NOTE: Make sure the box you’re using is tall enough to allow for the tallest bottle to be wrapped in paper. The wrapping, whether you use bubble wrap or paper, will add an inch or more.

Use several sheets of packing paper

Place a stack of plain packing paper on the working surface and tape the ends of the bottle.