Can I bring two bottles of wine into Spain?

We are visiting friends in Spain and we want to bring two bottles of wine from a famous NY winery. Can we bring them into Spain? Is there a website that shows exactly what we can bring into the country in addition to wine? We're leaving May 6....thanks

Posted by Robert
Portland
629 posts

If Spain is anything like France in this regard, there are few, if any, restrictions on what you can bring in. I can't imagine any restriction on wine. The US seems to be the most paranoid about these things. I can understand fruits and vegetables to some extent, but all these other food restrictions seem absurd. We eat raw milk cheese and cured meats while in France, and if we bring them home we'd eat them at home.

Posted by Sam
Green Bay
2279 posts

We always bring wine home from Europe, and occasionally to. Never had a problem. Seal it in a freezer bag for extra safety, and cushion it with the clothes in the suitcase. Did you ever try to break a full wine bottle? It ain't easy.

Posted by Jim
Dallas, Texas, USA
495 posts

Yes, but wrap carefully. My daughter and I may have set a record by bringing in 9 bottles in our back packs from Paris as our carry on, but this was 2004 and before I hurt my back carrying so much weight. Ha! Ha! Btw, these were official Rick Steves back pacs.

Posted by Ms. Jo
Frankfurt, Germany
4769 posts

Not quite sure why Elle thinks wine would be confiscated, nor not pass the security scanning. Pretty sure TSA knows what a bottle of wine looks like while going through the scanner and once you get to Europe, they aren't going to bother with a couple bottles of wine either. Check on the Spanish consulate websites to find lists of allowable items.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

To or from, the logistics are the same. The wine would have to be carried in checked luggage. I, too, am unsure why Elle would think it could be confiscated. What would the reasoning be? Wine doesn't violate any TSA regulations. The link that she posted makes that clear, too.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

What is "confiscated" a euphemism for, exactly? Your statement was pretty clear, the bag could be gone through, and the wine confiscated. Won't happen. Anyway, since they are leaving tomorrow, it is too late to have the wine shipped. The OP didn't express any concern for having overweight bags, so extra fees probably don't play into this.

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7978 posts

Sometimes conjecture has no basis in reality.

Posted by Ms. Jo
Frankfurt, Germany
4769 posts

Ah, confiscated is a euphemism. How clever. Can't wait to find out what it "really" means.

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7978 posts

euphemism: Noun
A mild or indirect word or expression for one too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing. Glad to help. 'Words mean exactly what I want them to mean ' Humpty, 1872. Glad to help more.

Posted by Robert
Portland
629 posts

I have a baggage mishap story from last year that will top most stories. One of the bags checked by my niece and her family on the way home from France contained several bottles of Champagne and some things her child got in France. All bags except that one arrived and were picked up fine. But that one didn't show up. It was later determined that it had been scanned in all along the route and into the home airport, but no one knew where it was. Then, over 5 months later, it appeared on her doorstep the day after Christmas, with no explanation. Everything was there and intact.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

Hmmm, I've seen that Humpty quote before somewhere....

Posted by Linda
Santa Rosa, CA, USA
283 posts

I have brought wine from home as gifts for family and friends in Spain, France and Germany, and I have never had a problem. As stated above, though, wrap it well. I use bubble wrap, plastic bags and duck tape. So far, so good...

Posted by Lee
Dallas
898 posts

Spain customs rules at http://spain.visahq.com/customs/ Looks like you can take in up to 4 liters of wine duty free. Now we usually use Wine Skin bags which are cheap, padded, leak proof and reusable. But we never had a problem in the days we packed bottles rolled up in clothes and stuck them in the middle of suitcases. A long bottle such as for riesling won't fit into a wine skin bag, so we just stick that in a large air-tight plastic packing bag and roll it up in clothes.

Posted by Sam
Green Bay
2279 posts

But if I dump that bottle of Opus One in a wine skin, how will my friends be impressed? They'll just drink it and say "Nice swill."

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7683 posts

I think he means Wine Skins, the packaging product, not actual wineskins.

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7978 posts

Bota story: When I was a kid, I used one for a canteen for bike trip with pals. Mom never learned the lingo, just stuck an O on the end of English words and pressed on. Somehow we ate, paid the servants, etc. She was with me when we bought the bota. She had questions concerning suitability. I was the translator. She wanted to know if it was okay to put stuff in it, would it pollute/spoil/rot. A long explanations of cautions followed. Se was starting to nix me. Retranslation indicated the guy was talking about what you should put in your belly and that you could put any damn thing you wanted in the goat skin.

Posted by Chani
Tel Aviv
3511 posts

I always verify the destination on the airline tags when I check in. Mistakes do happen at that point. If I have a short connection, I want to see that tag too. I use the brightly colored luggage straps. Aside from potentially keeping my bag from accidentally popping open, and making it easier to spot on arrival, it keeps someone else from inadvertently walking off with it. That happened to a friend of mine, took him 3 days to get his back bag. He had frozen fish in it when he left home . . . at least it was cooked and well-wrapped.