How to Make Your Big Move with Your Wine Collection

If your assortment of wines is made up of a case or two of Trader Joe’s Two Buck Chuck, the quality won’t particularly plunge during a four-day drive across the country. On the other hand, if you are carrying high-priced or vintage wines, you need to do it right.

That means seeking the assistance of an expert mover who knows about wine, and has the appropriate equipment, staff and vehicles to protect your expensive investment.

If you are moving to a far-off city, and would like to carry your wine collection, consider the steps below to protect your wine collection on a cross-country move.

Size It Up

You would need to figure out whether your wine collection can be easily and inexpensively air-shipped, or whether it is large enough to be transported on a refrigerated truck. While many factors, such as distance and size control the cost, shipping 25-30 cases by air tend to be less expensive than ground transportation.

Choose a Method

If you are considering placing a few cases of good wine in your vehicle, you must know that changes in temperature can spoil your wine, and shuddering can stir sediment on mature reds.

If you choose to hire a mover, select a company that specializes in moving wine.

Take Pictures

Take photographs of every bottle and label, and take an inventory of what you have before you send your collection off.

Hire a Specialist

There are specialty companies that can move your wine collections, which will be properly packed and placed in a refrigerated truck. That company then synchronizes the truck’s arrival time with your moving truck carrying other household items, as well as any refrigerated wine coolers, so there is no time lapse to cause wine spoilage.

Here are things to look for when choosing a wine mover:

  • Knowledgeable staff
  • Proper packing 
  • Climate-controlled transport
  • Help with insurance

Do It Yourself

If you figure that your wine collection is not quite worth the hassles of specialty wine movers, here are some tips to make sure you do it right:

  • If you choose to transport wine with a conventional moving company, remember to list your collection as a high-value item.
  • When travelling across the country with wine, do not use retail wine boxes. They are not designed to be used as shippers. Opt for Styrofoam shippers instead.
  • Verify permit laws. There are states that require a permit for moving personal wine collections. Most transport laws apply to commercial sales of wine over state borders by retailers.
  • Try to avoid transporting wine during the summer due to the risk of spoilage.

If you are looking for affordable storage during a move or for those extra items, you want to hang onto then check out our storage facility in New Jersey for climate controlled and safe self-storage in New Jersey and surrounding areas. We have affordable storage units for any budget to store your good in a state-of-the-art storage unit.



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