If you are a wine lover, you certainly have an idea of how delicate wine can be. Just like all other basic foods like fruits and vegetable, wine can perish easily. Not to mention the glass bottles than can damage easily when they are not handled accordingly. For wine to age gracefully and improve flavour and aroma wise there has to be proper transportation and storage. Some factors will cause your bottle of wine to age faster therefore losing its flavour and aroma. Getting your wine from point A to point B will really need some care and attention, especially when you are planning on storing it in a cellar upon destination.
Here are some risks you face and some precautions to take when transporting your wine
Breaking the wine bottles
The most potential risk you face is breaking the bottles of wine, which will be w huge loss on your part. During transportation you may come across bumps or go at unexpected speeds forcing the bottles to collide and break. You will lose your money and most importantly the aged wine which is irreplaceable. You can avoid such a risk by storing your wine properly before you transport them. you can choose to pack them in cell boxes, wine boxes or Styrofoam inserts that will prevent your wine from tipping over or colliding with each other and breaking.
Vibrations can cause serious aging in some wine; this is why they are stored in a quiet cellar, far from electronics or other movements. During transportation, there are huge movements on the road which can cause a lot of vibrations in the wine. You can’t prevent all the vibrations but there are things you can do to minimise them. When you are packing your bottles into a cell or wine box, ensure you have them wrapped in a bubble wrap. Fill in any spaces between the wine bottle and the cell to ensure there are minimal movements and do not drive too fast on the highways.
High temperatures and temperature fluctuations
Temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit and those below 65 degrees Fahrenheit can cause a great deal of damage to your wine. These temperatures are likely to age your wine faster than you may desire. This will cause a flat flavour and undesirable aroma. When temperature fluctuations are too high, the cork may pop out or slide into the bottle absorbing in the wine, causing an irreversible damage. As for the day’s temperature from a professional before you start the transportation. You can install a temperature and humidity controller in the vehicle to keep it constant
Spoiling the wine label
Wrapping the bottle in magazine can cause ink spillage on the wine bottle, making it look less real. Ensure you wrap it in plain or colourless paper to preserve the label of the wine. Once you are at your destination, do not unpack he wine immediately especially if you are putting it back in the cellar. You can keep it in a dark environment for about a week or two, let it settle and start packing it into your new cellar.