Follow these tips to ensure that your wine shipment arrives safe and sound at its final destination.
Whether you’re shipping wine to friends as a gift or fulfilling a customer’s order, you want to make sure the bottles arrive in one piece and ready to enjoy. The right bottle packaging should be strong, well-designed, and capable of protecting both its contents and your customer experience.
Read on for the best and most cost-effective ways to packaging wine for shipping — as well as a few tips for adding a personal touch to your special delivery.
1) Foam Chips or Shredded Paper
Foam chips or gift shred can be used to add a layer of cushioning around the wine bottle, reducing the risk of breakage during shipping. Inexpensive packaging alternatives include foam and paper. These cushioning options are simple to use and do not require any special packaging protocol. If you’re sending wine as a gift, Paper Mart offers more than 100 shredded paper fillers that can be used to elevate a gift basket from amateur to professional.
2) Molded Paper Pulp Packaging
Strong pulp moldings are designed with the specific intent of protecting wine bottles in transit. An eco-friendly option, paper pulp packaging provides good protection and solid shock absorption, it’s the perfect packaging for wine bottles. Combine this with a sturdy corrugated box, and your wine will remain safe and secure from door to door.
3) Corrugated Dividers
Lining the interior of a standard shipping box with corrugated dividers adds a layer of protection, keeping the bottles from bumping against each other and thus reducing the chance of breakage. There is also the option of branding the box with your company’s information or even a seasonal logo, depending on the time of year the wine is sent. This personal touch will make your packaging memorable, keeping your company top-of-mind among customers for future orders.
4) Protective Foam Cushion Wrapping
Protective foam cushion rolls provide an extra layer of protection for precious cargo — so consider using them to wrap your finest vintages. These polyethylene cushions are composed of millions of air cells in the form of a blanket that is easy to cut, wrap, and bend. They are non-abrasive, meaning they won’t knick or scratch any of the wine labels. Best of all, Paper Mart sells this foam cushion in rolls, making it easy to wrap and go when you have a lot of wine to package.
5) Air Packaging and Bubble Wrap
An inflatable air sac or a few layers of bubble wrap provide an excellent buffer for your wine bottles, ensuring a safe arrival when shipping. The lightweight nature of this material means lower shipping costs for you, and it comes in a variety of bubble thicknesses so that you can choose whatever layer of protection you deem necessary to protect your product.
Now that you know how to ship and package wine, here are a few additional flourishes you can add to make your delivery truly memorable:
- A colorful presentation in a wine gift box
- Simple jute wine gift bags
- Windowed rope handle wine bags
Need more tips and tricks regarding shipping products? Check out the rest of our blog for more information about corrugated cardboard, eco-friendly packaging, how to ship baked goods and more. Continue to also follow our blog and social media for new DIY tutorials, shopping tips and packaging guides all year long!
The design of my boxes was above and beyond the expectations. I will definitely recommend to everyone.
I like how you mentioned that foam chips can help to add more padding for the wine bottle. I’d like to ship some wine to my best friend, but I want the packaging to look really nice as well. Maybe, in addition to making sure there’s enough padding, I could find a professional to make some nice custom packaging.