When you ship wine, safety is something you have to consider. Wine bottles are fragile. When it breaks, it is not only the wine that is lost, but it can also stain nearby things.

Here are some tips to help you figure out how to pack wine.

1. Start with a new sturdy corrugated box that can handle heavy weight.

Size is important here. Choose a box that’s just large enough for your bottles and inserts to fit snugly inside. Make sure there is packaging material between the inserts and the walls of the box to eliminate empty space. But shipping costs are based on both package dimension and total weight, so you want to choose a box that allows for proper packing but not too much packing. Snug means secure.

2. Securely pack your wine with appropriate inserts.

When packing up your precious cargo, always secure it as close to the middle of the box as possible (away from the walls) to minimize movement and prevent breakage. Inserts include a folded corrugated tray, molded fiber tray or Expanded Polystyrene foam (EPS), air column bag, large bubble cushion bag, etc.

3. Seal the package securely with pressure-sensitive packing tape.

Don’t skimp on the shipping tape. Wine shipments are heavy, and the last thing you want is a bottle falling through the bottom of the box if the tape doesn’t hold. Seal up the closure flaps on both the top and bottom of the box carefully to protect your shipment.

4. Apply the required wine label to the box.

It indicates that the contents of the package are wine.

Wine air column bag

Wine air column bag

TIP: Consider pros and cons of packing materials

Pre-molded EPS glass bottle shippers are the most secure and maintain temperature the best, but air column packaging or large bubble cushion film are more environmentally friendly and take up less storage space. Have a shot our air column bag special made for wine bottles!!!