When a wine is on “pre-arrival”, it means that we have a confirmed order on the bottles from our supplier and we are simply waiting for the winery or distributor to ship the wine to us. These wine are not yet physically stored in our warehouse, but they are committed and we know where they are coming from. The delivery timeframe for a pre-arrival wine varies significantly, depending on where the wine is coming from. In some cases we are sourcing the wine directly from the producer, and if this is an overseas producer it can take a few months for them to package and ship the wines, for the shipment to clear customs, and for the wines to finally arrive at our storage facility. If we are sourcing the wines from a local importer, it may be only a few weeks until we receive them.
Expect Bordeaux and Burgundy pre-arrivals to take longer to arrive than other wines, since French wineries sell pre-arrivals earlier than many other countries, and international shipping laws are complex.