How to Move Wine Fridge Safely (Taking Care of Wine)

How to Move Wine Fridge Safely

Having trouble transporting your wine fridge to a new location?

When moving your wine fridge, it’s important to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of your wine collection during transport. Wine fridges can be damaged and potentially ruined when moved without proper planning and care.

Time to cool down. Get yourself a glass of wine and continue reading we’ll provide you with helpful tips on how to move your wine fridge safely while taking care of your precious wine collection.

Tools Needed to Move the Wine Fridge

When it comes to moving a wine fridge can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation, the right equipment, and the right help, it is doable.

So before moving your wine fridge, be sure you have the right equipment. This includes a dolly or hand truck, a moving blanket, straps or bungee cords, a level, and, most importantly, bubble wrap. This will make sure your wine fridge is not damaged. In addition, it is important to have some assistance when lifting and moving the refrigerator.

How to Plan the Transportation of Wine Fridge? 

If you’re planning to move your wine fridge to another location, taking certain steps to ensure safe transportation is important. Moving a wine fridge without proper planning can damage the unit and ruin your wine collection.

Thus, here are the three main things to consider when moving a wine cooler or fridge.

  • Empty the wine refrigerator: If you intend to move a wine fridge or a cooler, you must first empty the unit.
  • Moving of the wine: Some types of wine can be transported by car with proper packaging, but prestige collections will require a professional to handle them. 
  • Moving the fridge: Coolers are simpler to move than fridges, similar to moving a refrigerator in ease. For maturing fridges, the manufacturer may offer tips or a professional may be needed. 
Using Hand Truck to Move Wine Fridge
Using Hand Truck to Move Wine Fridge

What to do with Wines in the Refrigerator? 

The first question would be what to do with the wine bottle!

Don’t worry, I’m here to help.

Wine in a wine fridge should be handled and prepared properly before it is moved. To get started, follow these steps:

  • Carefully remove all the wine bottles from the fridge, one by one. It is important not to shake or disturb the bottles during this process.
  • Check each bottle individually to ensure the wine bottles are free of leaks or damage. You should dispose of damaged or leaking bottles properly if they are found in the collection.
  • Following a thorough inspection of the wine bottles, it may be helpful to reorganize them. Pack and protect them securely during transportation by arranging them in boxes or wine carriers.
  • Keeping the wine bottles cool and dark is important if you plan to transport the wine to the fridge. Make sure they are not exposed to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.

Following these steps makes it easy to keep your wine collection protected and intact during transportation.

Some Tips before Moving Wine Fridge.

Moving a wine fridge requires following these steps.

  • Packing of wine bottles: When packing wine bottles for transportation, it’s important to use proper packing materials to prevent damage. For common brands of low-value or prestigious wine brands, cardboard dividers, sleeves, or bubble wrap can provide adequate protection. Simply wrap each bottle in bubble wrap or slide them into the cardboard dividers, ensuring they fit well. As your wines will be out of fridge so you should store them properly to protect it’s taste.
  • While moving: Keep the box out of direct sunlight and away from extreme temperatures during the move to ensure your wine’s quality. Temperature is not as crucial for these types of wines, but even short exposure to high temperatures can compromise the integrity of the wine. You should check with the movers before letting them transport your wine since they may not be permitted.

  How to Transport a Wine Fridge 

  •  Wine coolers should be unplugged. Cords may need to be gathered and taped. 
  • The wine cooler needs to be stored in a large box to hold it. The best option is to add packing foam around the fridge for protection. Using bubble wrap and packing foam will protect all sides if you can’t find a box. 
  • Use an extra layer of cardboard for glass fronts to prevent any impact. 
  • There is nothing better than a hand truck. Hand trucks and straps can move the fridge easily (similar to moving regular refrigerators). 

FAQs on Moving a Wine Fridge

Can you Transport Wine Fridge Laying Down?

Yes, you can, remember to tape the doors shut, and don’t leave it lying longer than you have to ideally less than 24 hours. Turn it off and leave it upright for at least 24 hours after you get it where you want it, and if you can, make it longer.

Can you Transport Wine Fridge in Car? 

It depends on the size of the wine fridge and the capacity of your car. Smaller wine fridges may be transported in a car, but larger ones may require a larger vehicle or professional movers. It’s always best to consult the manufacturer’s instructions or seek professional movers’ help to ensure your wine fridge’s safe transportation.

Can you Lay a Wine Cooler on its Back?

It is generally not recommended to lay a wine cooler on its back. This is because wine coolers are designed to work upright, and laying them on their back can potentially damage the compressor or cause other problems with the cooling system.

How Far can you Tilt a Wine Fridge?

A maximum of 45 degrees from their upright position. You should avoid tilting the cooler beyond this angle to avoid damaging the cooling system and potentially harming your wine collection.


Finally, moving a wine fridge requires proper planning and equipment to ensure the safety of your precious wine collection.

Following the steps mentioned above will enable you to successfully move your wine fridge to a new location without damaging or compromising your wine collection.

Emptying the fridge, properly packing and transporting the wine bottles, and taking care of the fridge during the move are all part of the process.