Last updated: December 1, 2015
Not everyone who loves wine can afford premium prices, so if you want wine for a dime, this list of best affordable wine clubs is a great place to start. Our wine club reviews examine quality-to-price ratio (QPR in the wine biz), price per bottle, shipping costs—and of course, the wine selection.
The definition of affordable is subjective—as is the definition of good wine for that matter—but these selections are geared toward value-shoppers. We focus this list on wines delivered for less than $20 and you'll notice there are rarely 2-bottle wine clubs on it—to get the most value from a wine club order bigger shipments and have them delivered less often if you don't drink that much every month.
“Affordable” not the main factor in your wine club decision? Try our Top 5 Best Overall Wine Clubs.
While Club W appears on many of our Best Wine Clubs lists, it's place at the top of the Best Affordable Wine Clubs list is well-deserved. With wines priced starting $13, and free shipping on orders with six bottles or more, you'd be hard-pressed to find another value-oriented wine club with wines this good. Feel like a splurge or have a big anniversary coming up? No sweat, just swap out one of your $13 Palate Profile selections for a Curator's Choice selection and you're covered. Satisfaction is guaranteed.
Want to push your value further? Pick white wines when ordering from Club W. You'll think you're shopping at the fancy wine store down the street.
Whether you want to explore the joys of small-to-medium sized California wineries right in your own living room, or you want to give that experience to someone else, the Gold Series wine of the month club is a winning choice. It's like joining all of California's winery clubs, but only the best wines are delivered and you get even better prices. This is an incredibly consistent monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly subscription offering high-quality wines you won't find at BevMo!, Costco, or Trader Joe.
Shopping Last Minute? The Gold Medal Wine Club has custom gift cards you can print so they have something to open on the big day.
The inClub by invino is a make-it-whatever-you-want-it-to-be wine club. You can choose every aspect of your club—not just wine color and shipment size—but every varietal and region you want. If that's too much customization for you, they have a large number of pre-selected wine clubs for you to pick from.
The Everday Club features 2-3 bottles per month for just $49 and shipping is included.
inClub makes a great gift, but it's the ultimate wine club for picky drinkers who know what they want.
Tasting Room by Lot18 offers two ways to squeeze extra value out of your wine-budget. First, by sending you a case a quarter instead of 4 bottles a month, you get volume pricing and you save on shipping. Second, because they're only sending you wines that fit your WinePrint™ — a patent-pending wine-rating technology — you'll like a great percentage of what you buy. These wines are comparable to wines you'd find at BevMo! for around $20-22, but you're only paying $14.17 a bottle, including shipping.
Want to save money and look like you didn't? Try The Forbes Wine Club by Lot18 instead!
The Original Wine of the Month Club is just that—the very first. They've had a long time to figure out how to pack the most value into their low-cost wine clubs and they're really good at it. Whether it's streamlined packaging to reduce their shipping costs or adding free gifts to every purchase, you always get your money's worth.
Buying as a gift? Their gift packaging is impressive and your gift comes with free gifts depending on how many months you buy.
Need to get the price down further? We've recommended the Cellar Series because with 6-bottle shipments you get the best per-bottle price, but you can also choose the Classic Series for a 2-bottle subscription or gift.
We've hand-selected these wine clubs for you because: They exceed our expectations as compared to similar wine clubs; They offer better value or a better selection of wines than similar wine of the month clubs; Our readers prefer these to similar clubs.
The best red wine clubs are a mix of two things: the best wine clubs overall, and getting the most value on red wine (which can be expensive for the good stuff). We sifted through our independent wine club reviews to figure out which wine clubs are really the best red wine clubs. These red wine clubs are sure to delight.
Not surprisingly, there are a number of amazing values in white wine clubs. Since white wine is often cheaper than read for similar quality, we went even further with our best white wine clubs list, looking for the clubs that offer you interesting whites, not just good whites. Use our reviews to further refine your selection.
Seen one of those great offers for a super cheap case of wine and want to know which one is really the best quarterly case wine club? Well, we’ve looked at ‘em all... and most of them aren’t worth it. Here are a handful of quarterly case clubs that pass our test to be called best.
Love wine but can’t really afford to drink the pricey stuff? No sweat. We know how value matters when you want to stretch your wine budget as far as it can go, and we lean our ratings heavily toward the ultimate measure of value in wine clubs—quality-to-price ratio (a.k.a. QPR).
Looking for a cut above the regular wine selection in your next monthly club? Try one of these Premium wine clubs. The wines typically cost a little more, but you’ll find you have access to a more unique selection, and wines that are much harder to find at your local store or in another wine club.