Moving Your Wine Collection


We understand that your wine collection represents a significant investment, so we feel it wise that every precaution should be taken prior to moving in order to ensure its safe transportation.

Have An Appraisal Done

We recommend having your valuable collection of wine appraised by a professional. Expert appraisers will either charge a flat fee or an hourly rate, and the best way to find a qualified wine appraiser is through a reputable local wine merchant.

It is also a good idea to photograph your collection so that you have a record of its contents. Always be sure to let your moving professional know that you will be moving your wine collection or other very valuable items. It may be necessary to make special arrangements in order to ensure your collection reaches its destination safely.

Legalities To Check Into

You want to be sure to check with the alcohol beverage control authorities in your destination state before you move. Certain states will have restrictions governing the quantity of alcohol that can be brought in for personal use.

Proper Temperature Considerations

Significant fluctuations in the temperature wine is exposed to can have an impact on the appearance and taste of your wine. An ideal temperature for storing and transporting wine is right around 55 degrees. Generally, white wines and less costly brands typically found in a grocery store are less susceptible to the adverse effects of temperature change. For a small collection, we recommend transporting it by car, where temperature conditions can be better controlled. Probably the best time to transport your collection is in the early spring or fall.

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