Moving wine is more complicated than simply packing the bottles and throwing them in the moving truck. Depending upon the size of your collection, how serious of a collector you are, the distance of the move and the location of your wine, the requirements will vary. You may be able to get away with a small insulated space in your car if your collection is small enough or you may have to rent a special climate controlled truck for your wine. Below are some tips to consider.
- Pack Accordingly – Cushion wine bottle so there isn’t a risk for breakage, position the bottle slightly down so the corks stay moist and label the bottle as “Fragile” or “Wine” so you remember which ones are which.
- Avoid Temperature Fluctuations – Avoid extreme temperature fluctuations which can damage the taste and quality of the wine, especially older bottles.
- Allow Wine to Rest – Opening a bottle of wine shortly after it has been shaken or jolted can result in a loss of flavor. Be sure to allow your wine to rest at least one week after your move to regain the flavors of the wine.
- Insure the Collection – Be sure to insure your collection and write down each bottle in the collection. Wine appraisers can be found online or in local wine clubs.
- Store the Wine – Depending upon the size of your new home or the distance you are from a self storage facility, you may consider using a self storage unit to store your wine. Many storage facilities now offer climate controlled storage units which perfectly allow your wine bottle to store and age until you are ready to consume them. See our other wine storage blog for additional information.
These wine moving tips should give you a good start in what to expect when transporting your wine. Let us know in the comments if we forgot anything!
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