Being one of the most popular and desired wines in the world, champagne has traditionally been a welcome present for numerous occasions such as a birthday, wedding (anniversary) or any other celebration. Champagne is also a beloved souvenir when visiting one of the champagne-producing regions in Europe. That’s why in some situations you would like to make a champagne delivery with a courier. In that case, Eurosender is there to help.
When shipping a bottle of champagne abroad, or within your own country, always be sure to check the local and international laws and regulations regarding shipping alcohol. Find more information in our guide about shipping alcohol in general. If you would like to send beer or wine, take a look at the pages about shipping beer and shipping wine.
Shipping champagne with courier requires some preparation. One of the most important things are the packaging materials you use. These protect your goods stay when being in transport. We set up this guide on shipping a bottle of champagne abroad for you. If you have any further questions after reading this, feel free to reach out to our friendly customer support team. They are ready to assist you in 15 languages.
Here are some tips before booking shipping services with Eurosender:
First, check the dimensions and weight of your parcel, as the final price will depend on these two parameters. At Eurosender, we have provided a convenient Shipment Size Checker to help you choose the right type of shipping service.
If the pick-up country of your choice is Poland, Sweden or Spain or if you have opted for the “Earliest possible pick-up date” service when reserving the service, you will have to print the label and affix it to your parcel yourself. In other cases, the courier will do this for you.
If you cannot be present at the pick-up address or if you plan to leave the delivery location in the near future, make sure you place the order at least 2 days before your departure to avoid any complications.
Champagne packaging materials
A successful champagne delivery with courier is easier when you follow the guide below. You can find all the materials and instructions you need, to ensure that your bottle of champagne won’t break or suffer any other damage.
What do you need?
Before starting with the materials you need, we would like to point out that there are a special wine and champagne mailboxes on the market. If you have access to these, we recommend them for shipping a bottle of champagne. If you don’t have a special champagne box, you can properly back your bottle with the materials below.
Three cardboard boxes of different sizes– The three boxes must be of consecutive sizes and without any damage in the form of holes, tears or missing parts. You can find the boxes at most hardware stores and stationers or as second-hand at your local supermarket
Extra cardboard carton– This is necessary when you want to send more than one bottle. The cardboard is used to separate the bottles to avoid them from grinding against each other.
Bubble wrap or other wrapping material – Bubble wrap is the perfect material for wrapping your bottle of champagne. It can be purchased at most stationary and hardware stores. When you don’t have bubble wrap you can use paper, plastic or any other soft material such as a towel.
Cushioning material– You can use a variety of things such as polystyrene, packing peanuts or any other cushioning material.
Adhesive tape– Used for covering the bubble wrap and sealing the boxes.
Scissors or a Stanley knife– Used for cutting purposes.
How to package champagne for shipping
When shipping champagne, always make sure that you read the temperature instructions of your champagne. As the champagne may be exposed to different temperatures, not all champagnes are suitable for transport by courier. With the instructions below it should be easy to pack and ship your bottle of champagne properly. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact our customer support team, which offers support in 15 languages.
Wrap the bottles. The first step is to wrap the bottle of champagne in bubble wrap. Before you do that, we recommend that you put the bottle in a Ziplock bag. If you’re sending more than one bottle, wrap each bottle individually. After wrapping the bottle with bubble wrap, seal it with tape. The bubble wrap protects the bottles of champagne against any shocks it might encounter during transit and handling.
Put the bottle(s) into the smallest box. After wrapping the bottles in bubble wrap you can place it in the smallest box. Fill up the box with cushioning material such as packing peanuts. Make sure that the bottle doesn’t move within the box. Seal the box with tape and shake it a little to check that there isn’t anything moving. If you don’t have packing peanuts, shredded paper or additional bubble wrap will do just fine.
Place the smallest box in the medium sized box. Take the second box and fill the bottom with cushioning material. Then put the smallest box inside of the second box. Fill up the sides and top with cushioning material and seal the box once more with adhesive tape.
Cover the second box with protective material. You can wrap the second box in bubble wrap, or you can tape the bubble wrap on the sides of the box. This will give it extra protection during transport.
Place everything into the third box. Fill up the bottom of the third box with cushioning material. Then take the protected second box and place it into the third box. Fill up the box with cushioning material once more and seal the box with adhesive tape. Don’t forget to cover all the flaps and corners of the box.
Label it (if needed). If you live in Spain, Poland or Sweden, remember to print the label on the box.
You can also add warnings like “Fragile” or “Handle with care” on the top of your champagne packaging. However even though this might increase the chances that the package will be handled with care, bear in mind that the courier is not obliged to take this warning into consideration when handling your shipment.
The reasons for shipping a bottle of champagne abroad.
People have different reasons for champagne delivery with a courier, but the ones listed below are the most heard.
Availability. Your favourite champagne brand might not be available in your local store. Now you can easily find a store abroad or in another region of your country without going there yourself.
Gifts. Champagne is the perfect party starter and will be appreciated by everyone who receives it as a gift. With the right packaging, you are always sure that your gift won’t be damaged.
Souvenir. Nowadays the cheapest flights only allow taking a limited amount of luggage. So, if you still want to take that heavenly bottle of champagne from your holiday destination, you can think of shipping a bottle of champagne abroad, right to your own home address.
In case you have any additional concerns regarding champagne delivery or if you are still not sure how to send your champagne gift safely, you can always turn to our customer support team and they will be more than happy to help you. For even more info on the topic of shipping food, check our pages on how to ship food and how to ship olive oil.
Shipping alcohol in Europe
In the shipping, world liquids are considered as dangerous goods, which means that if such packages are not handled with care, they can cause harm in transit. When it comes to alcohol shipping in Europe, most courier companies do not allow the transport of alcoholic beverages. However, there are still some companies that allow shipping alcohol under specific circumstances.
There are two factors that shippers should take into consideration when deciding whether they can ship alcohol or not:
The restrictions and prohibitions of each courier company.
The import restrictions and prohibitions of the country they send alcohol too.
At the same time, each European country has its own rules and regulations regarding alcohol shipping. Each country’s import regulations are set by the local government and they are binding by law. We would, therefore, recommend you to search for the rules that apply in the pick-up and delivery countries of your shipment. To give an example, in general, any kind of alcohol cannot be shipped to Great Britain and Ireland.
At this point, we should clarify that, although alcohol shipping is not recommended, many people ship bottles of wine, champagne, whiskey and other alcoholic beverages on a daily basis. Being informed about each country’s import rules and learn how to pack parcels containing liquids is essential before sending alcohol in Europe.
Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping alcohol in Europe. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to ship alcohol, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.