moving wine

Moving Your Wine Collection

A wine collection is a sizable investment and every precaution should be taken prior to moving to ensure its safe transportation. At Holman, we are experts in moving and storing wine collections and can help you at every point during the move. The information below details how to prepare for your wine collection for moving.

Appraisal
A high-value wine collection should be appraised by a qualified individual. Fees vary widely from area to area. Appraisers charge either an hourly rate or a flat fee for services performed. The best way to locate a wine appraiser is through your local wine merchant who keeps abreast of current values on certain vintages. We suggest that you also photograph your collection to document its contents.


At the time of the estimate by the moving representative, you will need to let him know if you will be moving wine or other high-valued items. Special arrangements may be necessary to ensure your collection will reach its destination safely. In addition, you will need to complete a high-value inventory form to assure that your collection is not limited to minimal liability. The form will be provided by your moving representative during the pre-move survey.

Your mover should explain the protection plans from which you may choose. Replacement protection offered by most major moving companies affords you the best possible coverage against loss or damage in transit. If you choose a Full Value coverage plan from Holman (or a similar plan from another mover) we recommend that you provide copies of the appraisal to your sales representative.

Legal Considerations
It’s important to check with the Alcohol Beverage Control authorities in your destination state prior to your move. Some states have restrictions governing the amount of alcohol that can be brought in for personal use. At Holman, your personal moving counselor with help you with this step.

Packing Your Wine Collection
Special care should be taken to prepare your wine for moving. Holman Moving has specially designed moving boxes to effectively pack fragile items. If you plan to do the packing yourself, boxes may be purchased from your moving company. Boxes specially designed to transport wine may also be purchased from:  California Glass Co. 155 98th Ave. Oakland, CA 94603 (510) 635-7700

Used corrugated cardboard boxes with dividers may also be available from a local liquor store. Corked wines should be placed on their sides or upside down in the packing container to keep the cork wet. Do not pack bottles that have been opened. Label the box "FRAGILE - THIS SIDE UP".

While extreme care is exercised in packing your wine, "bottle shock" may occur. The wine will shake within the bottle as it is moved. If opened too soon, a loss of flavor may result. To prevent this, be sure to allow the bottles to rest at your destination at least seven days for every day your shipment is in transit.

Moving your Wine Collection
Most wine experts agree the older the wine, the more delicate its flavor. Extreme changes in temperature may affect the taste and appearance of your wine. The best temperature for storing and moving wine is 55 degrees. White wines and less expensive "supermarket" brands are less susceptible to damage by temperature. At Holman Moving, we have climate-controlled storage facilities for wine collections and other climate sensitive goods to ensure your wine is moved at the right temperature.

For a small, manageable wine collection, we recommend moving the collection by car where atmospheric conditions can be better controlled. Otherwise, a climate-controlled van can be used to move a very large or rare collection. Arrangements must be made early and the additional cost may be substantial. Ask your moving estimator or counselor for details.

The best time to move your wine collection is early spring or late fall. The temperature in the van during the summer months can be very high, and in the winter there is the possibility of the wine becoming slushy, which can alter the flavor. If your move must take place in the summer or winter months, you may want to consider moving your collection via a commercial airline. Prompt delivery to the airport and pickup of the wine at destination will limit expo sure to temperature extremes. Another option is to store your wine collection in a climate controlled storage facility until the seasons change.

At Holman, we are experts in moving wine collections. Contact us for a free, wine moving estimate and no obligation to you.