3W uses certified wine shippers for packaging. Our containers for consumer shipments come in four different sizes--3 bottles – 6 bottles – 12 bottles cartons. We have a required minimum order of 3 bottles (for wholesale clients please call or email us for pricing and quantity availability). The prices & times for UPS and FedEx Ground shipments in the chart below is dependent on the distance the product is being shipped from the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
Where We Direct Ship to Consumers
3W Importers cannot ship directly to consumers in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah. If you live in a state that does not allow direct shipment of wine, we can ship to a licensed wholesaler in your state instead.
Local Delivery Service
Our default shipping method is UPS or FedEx Ground but if you live in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, we offer a local courier delivery service for a minimum order of 6 bottles for a $10 cost. To select this option, choose 'Local Delivery' as your Shipping Method on the online shipping form.
Use the "Special Instructions" text area of your electronic order to indicate any special shipping instructions. If you indicate that your order is a gift, the packing list we include in the package will have no price information. We'll be happy to join a gift card as well if you provide us with a gift message with your Instructions. If the order is time critical or if the wines are intended for a special event, indicate the date you need the wines and 3W Importers will make our best effort to have your order delivered on time
You have to be 21 and older to order and receive wine. An Adult Signature is required at time of delivery.
Shipping during periods of extreme heat or cold can damage wine. We will ship your wines in perfect condition and any damage due to weather is not covered by UPS or FedEx insurance, or guaranteed by 3W Importers.
Heat is wine’s worst enemy so you’ll want to avoid having wine shipped when the temps are over 80 degrees. And remember, it’s not just your temperature that’s important but also the areas where your wine will travel. One helpful hint is that if you have the tracking info FedEx and UPS will both hold packages for you at their (air conditioned) locations so you can avoid wine sitting on hot delivery trucks all day. FedEx will also hold your package for pickup at any Print and Ship offices (Kinko’s) at no charge. UPS has a nice new MyChoice service that will alert you a couple days before packages arrive (even if you didn't know they were coming) and allow you to reschedule delivery or hold for pick-up before the first attempt. Having the wine held for pickup is also great if you’re at work all day and not home to sign for it.
[UPDATE: FedEx now offers the same service that alerts you to when packages are coming and let's you have it held for pick-up before a delivery is ever attempted.]