4 Tips for Packing Wine Bottles

Just off the coast of southern Australia, Tasmania is known for its cool, autumnal climate. By nature, this island state is perfectly situated to produce beautifully flavoured wines. As a result, Tasmania is home to a growing number of wine enthusiasts and collectors.

Moving is already a daunting prospect for most people. For wine enthusiasts, the thought of transporting their precious wine collection can prove especially overwhelming. If you’re concerned about moving your collection of wine, then follow these tips for the spoil- and damage-free transport of wine bottles.

Take Careful Inventory

Whether you own an extensive collection or a relatively small assortment of wines, it’s important to carefully document your inventory before you pack. In fact, this is an important step in the moving process regardless of what you’re packing. By taking inventory, you can effectively track your possessions as they make their way to your new home.

With your wine collection, you’ll want to document the name, vintage and year of each bottle of wine. To be especially thorough, you may want to take pictures of each bottle — ensure that the details on the label are clearly visible in the photograph.

Buy Necessary Supplies

When it comes to moving wine, you have two primary concerns: broken bottles and spoiled wine. Because of their delicate nature, wine bottles should be packed into small, specially made wine boxes. You should always pack heavy items into smaller boxes so you can avoid having to move overly heavy boxes. When boxes are too heavy, it’s more likely that you will drop them during the move.

Look for sturdy boxes made to fit 12 standard bottles of wine. You’ll also want to ensure that you have plenty of packing paper at your disposal. With fragile items, you’ll want to have the extra level of padding that packing paper provides.

By taking inventory, you will already know how many bottles of wine you need to pack. Now, you’ll be able to order the perfect amount of wine boxes for your move.

Wrap Individual Bottles

It may be tempting to simply place the bottles in the box and stuff packing paper around them. While this is a time-saving approach to packing, it won’t protect fragile items as effectively as individually wrapping them. You’ll want to securely wrap a sheet of packing paper around each bottle of wine before placing it into the box.

After placing the individually wrapped bottles into the box, stuff additional packing paper in and around the bottles. Ensure that you pad the box with paper up to the very top because additional padding prevents the bottles from shifting and breaking during transport. Also, keep in mind that you should never pack more than 12 wine bottles into a single box — even if you do have additional space.

Label the Boxes

When corked wine bottles are left in an upright position, the corks on the bottle dry out and shrink. A shrinking cork means that air will be able to enter the bottle and spoil the wine. To avoid possible spoilage, it’s important to be careful about the way you position your wine boxes during the moving process.

Wine bottles should be positioned on their sides so that the corks remain moist and stable. Take the time to label the wine boxes so you and your movers know how to position them for transport and storage. You’ll want to ensure each box has a “fragile” and “this way up” label before moving day. These seemingly minor details will help ensure that your wine will arrive at your home unspoiled.

From elegant Chardonnays to rich Pinot Noirs, this region offers a variety of premium wines to savour. With the right packing materials and careful planning, you can continue to enjoy your wine collection at your new location.

Whether you’re moving from the mainland or relocating within Tasmania, the professionals at Price’s Removals & Storage can supply you with the materials you need to safely move your possessions.