Properly Shipping Your Wine & Maintaining the Right Conditions

wine shipping carton to maintain proper temperature

Packaging and shipping wine can be a delicate matter when you consider all the environmental factors involved. Some things to think about when researching how to effectively transport wine are temperature, lighting, humidity, and drop risk. If these shipping details are not examined in advance, your wine could become altered, compromised, or even destroyed. The best way to protect your wine from outside factors during shipping is to use high-quality packaging during transport. Choosing shipping cartons developed specifically for glass bottles ensures your product will be strong enough to withstand any stresses the package will be exposed to during the shipping process. 

The best type of packaging for insulating fragile materials comes from corrugated fibers or cardboard. Cardboard is the perfect shipping material due to its unique combination of strength and weight. Cardboard is also incredibly malleable during manufacturing, making it the perfect material to custom mold any size or shape. This flexibility allows customers to ship any bottle safely, knowing it can absorb shock and eliminate stressful vibrations as much as possible. Most wine bottles are standard sizes, but everyone’s needs are different. It’s simple for Custom Wine Packaging to make a protective box to custom fit your needs. Utilizing our laydown wine shippers or folding trays will safeguard your wine bottles during transit, ensuring the secure delivery of your products.

Below are some things to consider when researching the most effective way to ship your wine or other fragile bottled product.

Legal to Ship Wine?

Most importantly, you need a license in the state you are operating to ship any wine or other alcohol. If you don’t have a license, then your business can’t ship wine. These laws also vary from state to state, so it’s important to know your local laws in addition to any states you plan on shipping wine to. However, these limitations only apply to alcoholic beverages! If you make hand-pressed olive oil or bottle honey made from the bees in your backyard, then the only thing you have to worry about is selecting the correct packaging to protect your investment.

Best Temperature to Ship Wine At?

The best temperature to ship wine at depends on the wine itself, but ideally, wine should be stored and shipped at cellar temperatures, between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature is one of the hardest things to control when shipping wine. Sweltering hot trucks or freezing cold warehouses can damage your product while in transit to the final destination. These temperature fluctuations also depend on the climate you are shipping from and the climate of the final location. If the temperature goes above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, it can cause the growth of dormant microbes that can alter the flavor of your wine, causing browning and premature aging. Storing wine at low temperatures, such as 32 degrees Fahrenheit, can cause the natural precipitation of potassium bitartrate to form visible crystals in white and red wines. If your wine gets too cold, it can even start to freeze, expand, and eventually break the bottle.

How Can Custom Wine Packaging Help?

As our name would imply, we create custom wine and bottle packaging specifically for your company’s needs! We assist our customers by providing quality custom packaging at affordable prices. Our innovative single, double, triple, quad, and 6-count wine totes can be customized with your logo and tagline to represent your brand. We handle all aspects of the design process in addition to considering your specific shipping needs. Our two-bottle cold pack carton is perfect for protecting any red wine during the hot summer months. If you are looking to go a step further and send a chilled white wine through the mail, our cool Styrofoam cold shipping carton is the way to go. We can also create beautiful custom gift box displays, perfect for any holiday season or special event.

Most importantly, we are a small business that actively looks out for other small businesses! We love getting to know our customers and we will do our best to find an affordable option that works for everyone involved. Contact us today to discuss your packaging needs.