If you've ever wished you could safely and easily bring home wine when you travel, your pleas have been answered! Read on for our review of the VinGardeValise Grande (buy it on Amazon here) that securely holds up to 12 bottles of wine.
Traveling to wine country is great fun; however, unless you're driving your own car there's always the dilemma of bringing some of those great wine finds home. First, you usually have limited space in your luggage. And even if you can carve out a little space there's the issue of how to pack the wine to keep it safe from the baggage handlers who are practicing for the Olympic throwing sports. (Have you ever watched them load bags at the airport?) We've even gone so far as to buy diapers to wrap up a couple bottles and then tried to strategically place them right in the middle of our checked bag.
On a recent trip to Italy for Anteprime Toscane we finally found the answer, the VinGardeValise.
Made from super sturdy polycarbonate, the VinGardeValise will have your wine traveling in style. With four 360 degree spinner wheels, this case is a dream to maneuver. More importantly, it's also super sturdy. Our trip back from Italy included 3 flights including rechecking our bags and the case was absolutely rock solid -- none of the bottles budged an inch even with smaller olive oil bottles.
With extra straps on the outside, a zipper lock and multiple layers of foam inside, your wine will be traveling first class. Each bottle slides into specially shaped inserts with cutouts for different sizes. You can even order magnum or champagne bottle inserts.
The VinGardeValise Grande is also super light when empty (about 15 pounds) so that even when loaded with a full 12 bottles of wine it will still come in safely under the 50lb limit on most airlines. You can also easily remove the foam insert on one side and easily carry 6 bottles plus a bunch of clothes or other items.
The whole thing zippers shut with some nice pockets for smaller items as well.
The VinGardeValise Grande is available for just $299. Considering the cost savings when you're buying things like wine locally you can easily pay for the case in just one international trip. We stocked up on expensive Italian wines like Brunello and Sagrantino as well as some choice olive oils that would have cost us twice as much here in the USA. The VinGardeValise comes with our highest recommendation -- we'll be using it for years to come. They also sell a Petite Version that holds 8 bottles.
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