When travelling around the world, you might like to visit some famous wine regions, such as in France, Italy, Argentina or New Zealand. You might also want to buy some wine bottles to send as gifts to your friends and family or simply to enjoy them yourself back home. In this case, you may find yourself asking how to properly pack a bottle of wine to ensure safe transit and what is the best wine courier service to send it? Once you decide to ship a bottle of wine to your friends and family by post or courier service, you will only have to reserve the shipping service and pack the wine properly for shipping. But do not worry, we have compiled a set of instructions on how to pack and ship a bottle of wine by mail or courier.
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Shipping wine requires some care and planning as the shipping process can have an effect on its quality. Especially when exposed to changes in temperature. We prepared these simple guidelines to help you properly pack and send a bottle of wine safely.
Proper wine packaging is of crucial importance in order for your parcel to safely arrive at the chosen destination. It ensures that the quality of wine does not get affected while also preventing the bottles from getting damaged. The packaging materials needed for pack bottles for wine delivery are the following:
1. Three cardboard boxes of various sizes – the boxes you are planning to use need to be sturdy and without any dents in order to handle heavy weight. If you cannot find a new box, you can also get used ones at your local supermarket. However, you need to check their quality and state before using them for your shipment.
2. Cardboard carton – which will act as a platform for the bottles of wine. You will use the carton to separate the wine bottles in order to prevent friction between bottles or even one bottle crashing into another during transit.
3. Wrapping material – bubble wrap is ideal for protecting the glass bottles. It can be bought at any stationery or hardware store. You can also use paper, carton or any other material instead.
4. Polystyrene – it should be thick enough to secure and keep bottles in place.
5. Adhesive tape – needed for sealing and thoroughly covering the shipment.
6. Scissors – for cutting the cardboard box and/or other materials into suitable sizes.
Shipping wine by using standard shipping services can be a bit tricky. However, carefully securing a few bottles in an ordinary package and sending them away is neither impossible nor uncommon. In case you are sending a small number of bottles of wine and plan to send them using standard courier services, you just need to make sure that you pack them properly.
Shipping alcohol in Europe
In the shipping world liquids are considered as dangerous goods, and are, therefore, non-recommended to ship, which means that if such packages are not handled with care, they can cause harm in transit and added costs to you. However, shipping alcoholic beverages is still possible, but you will be doing it at your own responsibility. That’s why you have to really take care of how to properly package wine for shipping to ensure maximum security during 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. Pay attention that there is a big difference between travelling with alcohol in Europe and shipping alcohol in Europe via a courier company.
There are two factors that shippers should take into consideration when deciding whether they can ship alcohol or not:
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. By choosing the right packaging materials and securing the bottles well, you will avoid any damages during transportation and ensure safe delivery.
There are many reasons why our customers decided to ship a bottle of wine using a courier service. These were their most frequent ones:
In case you have any additional concerns regarding wine delivery or if you are still not sure how to send wine gift safely, you can always turn to our customer support team and they will be more than happy to help you.
Take into consideration these guidelines when deciding for wine delivery. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to send a bottle of wine, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.