Our research shows that perfect conditions have been achieved for some shipments and this quality level is a realistic goal. However, the steps necessary to achieve it depend on multiple factors, including the route, the time of year, the mode of transportation and packaging.
Over the past several years, eProvenance has surveyed the temperature of fine wine sent from France to the US, UK, China, Brazil, and Japan. The results show a wide range of temperature variations. Typically, while the ocean voyage was stable, wide fluctuations appeared both before and after the ocean voyage.
In his Wine Buyer's Guide No. 7, Robert Parker makes the following sobering observation: “Tragically, far too many wines are still damaged by poor transportation and storage… it is a frightening thought, but I have no doubt that a sizeable percentage (between 10 and 25%) [I repeat 10 and 25%!!!!] of the wines sold in America have been damaged because of exposure to extremes of heat."
Our goal is to create an environment of cooperative and continuous improvement in the global wine distribution channels and achieve proper cold chains for wine. eProvenance works with leading producers in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and California, as well as importers, to ensure that wine made with great care reaches the consumer in its original, impeccable condition.
If you identify problems along your distribution channel, we can help you monitor and analyze your temperature data and then strategize corrective measures.