Bringing wine home from your holiday in France can allow you to enjoy your favourite newly discovered vintage in your own home. If you wish to bring wine home from France, however, you must be aware of how to package wine bottles for travel, and also of the regulations that govern the transport of alcohol.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Bubble wrap
- Packing tape
- Resealable plastic bag or plastic grocery bag
Make sure that your home state and the states that you are going to be travelling through allow you to carry in alcohol by hand. There are several states that do not allow this or which will tax the alcohol being brought in. Check with your state's Department of Safety or Alcohol Control Board and they will tell you what the regulations are.
Wrap your bottle of wine in bubble wrap and secure it with tape.
Place the wrapped bottle of wine in a large resealable plastic bag or a plastic bag. If you place it in a plastic bag, use the handles to tie it closed.
Wrap the opening of the bag with tape for another layer of security.
Place the bottle in your checked luggage. Remember that as of September 2006, it is illegal to bring wine or liquids through the security checkpoint. Because of this, you cannot place it in your carry-on. Wine bottles survive the depressurised luggage compartment without a problem.
Declare your wine at the airport. You may bring up to one litre of alcohol into the country without incurring a fee. There are several different sizes of wine bottles, so check the label for the volume of alcohol that each contains. Any amount of alcohol over one litre will incur a duty and an Internal Revenue Service tax of three per cent. If you are bringing more than one litre of wine into the country, be prepared to present a receipt.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure that you know what you are getting. Some unscrupulous wineries will present tourists with an inferior product after they have tasted something of a much higher quality.
- If you would like to bring back a case of wine, ask the winery for shippers. These are large divided cartons that are lined with styrofoam, protecting each individual bottle. These cases can be checked with the rest of your luggage.
- Remember that there is a 50-pound limit for luggage on most flights. Weigh your luggage in advance to make sure that you do not incur any additional charges.
- If you wish to carry wine on your carry-on luggage, you can do so by purchasing it beyond the security checkpoint. While selection is limited, it gives you more control over how the wine is handled.
- Do not attempt to mail wine to yourself. There are many states that have laws regarding the shipment of alcohol, and shipping alcohol can be considered a felony. These laws undergo regular change, so err on the side of caution and simply bring your wine with you on the plane.
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