Last updated: September 7, 2016
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 four bottles or more, you'd be hard-pressed to find another value-oriented wine club with wines this good.
Since Club W runs on credits (1 credit = 1 dollar), they let you pre-buy credits and save money. It's a the-more-you-buy-the-more-you-save kinda deal, but you can save up to 20% on their already-low prices this way!
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.
Did we mention you can let them pick your wine based on how you answer questions in their Palate Profile Quiz (and subsequent ratings of their wine) or you can pick every wine you receive from their ever-growing collection of wines?
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 $14.08 a bottle, including shipping.
Want to save money and look like you didn't? Try The Forbes Wine Club by Lot18 instead!
New! Winecrasher is a brand new wine club delivering only wine rated 89 points or more by just a few trusted critics (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media and Burghound). Also, they have guranteed best price model to ensure that when the wine is listed, it's the lowest price available online.
Their wine of the month club offers up a 3-bottle Red, a 3-bottle White, or a Six Mix (6 bottles of mixed red and white wine) for low monthly rates, but we really love the personal touch. We were called regarding our wine preferences and we were asked to follow up on how they did after we'd had time to drink our wine.
Enjoy their top-notch Satisfaction Guarantee, a 5% discount on store purchases, and even a 30% discount on your first shipment. (Good through October 15)
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.
The Wall Street Journal Wine Club (formally called WSJWine) continues to be a great value in the wine club market. Like Tasting Room by Lot18, it's a quarterly case club (12 bottles delivered every three months) so you save money on shipping more wine less often. The wines are priced to be affordable and most of them come from Europe where the parent company buys out huge productions of wine to distribute through this massive wine club.
In the beginning of our wine club reviewing days (in 2009!) we thought these wines were great. Then we started drinking more expensive wine, and in particular became big fans of California wines and we were less impressed. But as we came to know old-world wines (France, Italy, Spain, and Germany), we learned that there's more to wine than a high-alcohol fruit-bomb and came to appreciate the value in what WSJ wine is offering—and that's why it's back on this list!
One word of caution: Shipping and cancellation issues are common. If you're detail-oriented and keep track of shipments you'll be receiving, you'll be fine. If not, this may not be the best wine club for you.
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.
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).
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.
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.