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If your move includes a bottle or two of expensive wine or an extensive wine collection, you may not want to simply box it up and stick it in the moving van. Because wine is an organic asset that is sensitive to light, heat, cold, and vibrations, it is wise to carefully consider how you’ll transport it from place to place.

Below, we’ve outlined a few things to keep in mind when you’re transporting wine from your old home to your new one:


1. Pack it with care.

If you decide to pack your wine yourself, make sure you use appropriate packing materials to protect your wine from breakage. You can purchase specialized wine boxes at various locations. And make sure your wine is stored on its side, to keep the corks wet.


2. Find shippers who specialize in wine – ahead of time.

Some standard shippers won’t transport wine. So, look into shippers who specialize in transporting wine in climate-controlled trucks. They may be able to pack it for you, using methods that will ensure it stays safe and whole, and provide refrigerated shipping, so your wine remains at an appropriate temperature.


3. Get an appraisal before you move.

If something happens to your wine during the move, you’ll want to make sure you’re fully covered. That’s why it’s important to get a current appraisal for your collectible wine from a well-respected appraiser before your move. If you need help finding someone, contact your insurance agent or broker.


4. Make sure your inventory is up to date.

Before you move your wine, make sure you know exactly what you have. Update your inventory and include the producer, vintage, provenance, acquisition cost, drink-by date, bottle condition, as well as quantity of each wine you own. With wine in particular, maintaining an accurate inventory and tracking its location is critical to its value.


5. Be present when it’s put in the truck – and when it’s taken off.

Be there when the wine is put on the truck and taken off, to make sure all of it gets where it needs to go.


6. Make sure the temperature and humidity remains stable.

To maintain its taste and value, wine needs to be kept at a constant temperature between 55-60º F, or 13-15º C, and a humidity level of roughly 70%.


7. Check customs laws and interstate shipping requirements.

Not all states or countries allow wine shipments from outside their borders, so make sure you understand the laws before you move your wine. Some states will make exceptions for private collectors who move their wine with other household goods.

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