How Do I Move a Wine Collection?

Wondering how to move a wine collection? If your wine collection represents a sizable investment, there are precautions you’ll want to take prior to moving to ensure its safe transportation and protect yourself in the event of unexpected loss or damage to the wine.

Preparing To Move Your Wine Collection

Before You Move
Prior to moving, have your high-value wine collection appraised by a qualified wine appraiser. Appraisal fees vary widely from area to area. The best way to locate a wine appraiser is through a local wine merchant.

Document The Move
Next, photograph your wine collection to document its contents.
Let your moving representative know that you will be moving a high-value wine collection. Special arrangements may be necessary to ensure your collection will reach its destination safely.

Do The Paperwork
Complete the moving company’s “High-Value Inventory Form” to ensure that your collection is not subject to minimal liability coverage. The form will be provided by your Diggins & ROSE sales representative during the pre-move survey. Your mover will explain the protection plans from which you may choose. Replacement protection offered by most major moving companies affords you the best possible coverage against loss or damage in transit.

Legal Considerations When Moving A Wine Collection
Check with the alcohol beverage control authorities in your destination state before you move. Some states have restrictions governing the amount of alcohol that can be brought in for personal use.

Temperature Considerations When Moving Wine

Most wine experts agree that the older the wine is, the more delicate its flavor. Extreme changes in temperature may impact the taste and appearance of your wine. White wines and less expensive “supermarket” brands are less susceptible to damage by temperature.

The best temperature for storing and transporting wine is 55 degrees. For a small, manageable collection, we recommend transporting the collection by car, where atmospheric conditions can be controlled best. A climate-controlled moving van can be used to move a very large or rare collection. However, arrangements must be made early, and the additional cost may be more than you wish to spend. Ask your agent for details.

When Should I Move My Wine Collection?

The best time to move your collection is early spring or late fall. The temperature in the moving van during the summer months can be very high, and in the winter there is the possibility of the wine becoming slushy, which can alter the flavor. If your move must take place in the summer or winter months, you may want to consider moving your collection via a commercial airline. If you want the wine to be professionally packed, consult your mover. Your prompt delivery to the airport and pick up of the wine at destination will limit its exposure to temperature extremes.

How to pack wine for moving:

  • Take care to prepare your wine for the move.
  • D&R has specially designed boxes to pack fragile items – and they’re perfect for wine. If you plan to do the packing yourself, boxes may be purchased from diggins & ROSE Moving Systems.
  • Corked wines should be placed on their sides or upside down in the packing container to keep the corks wet.
  • Do not pack bottles that have been opened.
  • Label the box FRAGILE – THIS SIDE UP.

Even if you use extreme care in packing your wine, “bottle shock” may occur from the wine shaking within the bottle as it is moved. If opened too soon, a loss of flavor may result. To prevent this, be sure to allow the bottles to rest at your final destination at least 7 days for every day your shipment is in transit.

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Final Thoughts About Moving A Wine Collection
Your van operator will prepare an inventory of your entire shipment prior to loading. When you reach the destination, carefully check your household goods and wine collection against the form. Should there be any loss or damage, be sure to note it on the inventory. Contact your agent who will help you complete a claim form.