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Wine bottles are heavy and breakable. If you have an extensive wine collection, moving it to your new home requires careful packing.
In this guide, we show you how to pack and move wine bottles easily and safely.
Count your stock
Count your bottles of wine so you know how many boxes to source. Note any irregular bottles that will take up more room. Six bottles to a box is ideal and easy to carry. You can go up to 12 bottles per box.
Buy the correct boxes
You’ll need strong and durable boxes to handle the weight of the bottles. The boxes should be close to the size of six or 12 bottles with just enough room for padding. When assembling the boxes, put extra tape at the bottom to handle the weight.
Buy wrapping materials
Wine bottles need protective wrapping to stop them from knocking into each other and breaking. Bubble wrap, aerothene or corrugated card work well. Remember, bulkier wrapping like bubble wrap might mean you need a bigger box.
Wrap bottles individually
Wrap each wine bottle thoroughly and pad the inside of the box. For long-distance moves, red and white wine should be packed upside down to keep the corks wet. Champagne should always be transported upright.
Label your boxes
Ensure you have “fragile” and “right way up” stickers, so you can label boxes for the moving team. Mark the content of the boxes, so you know where each bottle of wine is.
For heavy boxes of wine, a moving trolley should be used to avoid back injuries. Make sure your boxes can’t fall over in the moving truck.
Don’t put the heavier boxes on top of anything that can be crushed or heavy items on top of the wine boxes.
Control the temperature
Extreme temperatures can destroy wine. The ideal temperature for transporting wine is between 5°C to 18°C. If your collection is valuable, book a moving truck that’s temperature-controlled.
Let the bottles rest
Wine bottles should be allowed to rest for a week after moving. The movement of the truck or van can cause bottle shock. Opening a bottle before it’s recovered from the vibrations can lead to loss of flavour.
Ecoboxes are reusable plastic moving crates that you can rent by the week. They’re strong, durable and have an interlocking lid and 70-litre capacity.
With the correct padding, Ecoboxes work well for transporting wine bottles. They can’t be squashed and they’re weather-proof. They can hold bottles upright or on their side.
Ecoboxes are a low-waste option for moving wine bottles, especially if you use items you have in the house, like towels or dishcloths, to protect the bottles.
Packing supplies from Ecobox
Ecobox’s online store has all the packing and protective materials you’ll need to pack wine bottles for a move.
- cardboard boxes in a wide range of sizes
- a full range of packing materials
- eco-friendly, plastic moving boxes for rent
- convenient office move kits.
Visit one of our retail locations to get the moving supplies you need, or simply order online and we’ll deliver to your door.
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