Last updated: May 24, 2017
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 Winc (formerly known as 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 Winc 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 Winc. 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?
The Wall Street Journal Wine Club (formally called WSJWine) continues to be a great value in the wine club market. It's a quarterly case club (12 bottles delivered every three months) so you save money by 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.
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The California Wine Club Premier Series offers affordable wines to be sure. Since their focus with this wine club series is terrific $25-30 bottles, they've never made this list of Best Affordable Wine Clubs. But now they can because they're offering an outstanding deal on their Premier Series wines...
For a limited time (and probably available in the future if it's as popular as it ought to be), you can get a 12-bottle case club for just $170 per shipment (including the cost of shipping). That's competitive with other companies on this list, but you cannot match the quality of these wines at these prices at any of the others.
Choose monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly shipments and save. We say it a lot, but we LOVE case clubs if you're looking for good value. If you only drink 1 bottle a week, you'll save loads on shipping costs by ordering quarterly cases and in this case, you get a tremendous discount on their normal prices, too.
Why compromise? At The California Wine Club you get a 100% Love It Guarantee and a personal wine concierge to go with your membership!
WineAwesomeness is the newest wine club to make our Best Affordable Wine Clubs list because, well, it's pretty awesome. The wines taste like they're of a higher quality than their price would indicate ($15 a bottle, shipping included), but you also get their terrific BackLabel magazine in each shipment, highlighting the shipment's theme (typically regional), offering detailed information about the region, the wine, wine pairings — and their signature music pairings!
That's all well and good, but to get on this list, a wine club must be offering great value, too. We think WineAwesomeness nails good value with the wine quality, but then they go above and beyond with a great introductory offer and free shipping on reorders of your favorite wines.
TastingRoom.com is a wine club designed for keeping you well-stocked. They send you 12 bottles every three months — enough for a bottle a week (for some of us, that's nowhere near enough, cough). They start with a sampler kit to help you get into the wine tasting experience and rate wines. From what we hear and have experienced ourselves, this tasting kit bears little relation to the actual wines you'll be receiving later, and in fact, your first full case shipment goes out before you even have time to do the tasting... which is, in our opinion, the worst thing about the club.
On the fip side, TastingRoom.com is a top contender for great value in a wine subscription, and their pricing model of $14.08 per bottle delivered makes it affordable, too. After you get your first full case, you really really should go online and rate your wines. You can even hand pick what goes into the case if you want to. After we started rating wines, we starting liking their wines and we think you will, too.
There aren't any extra perks to being a TastingRoom.com member, but you do have 100% control over your account (you can downgrade to 2 or 6 bottles, you can pick your shipping dates whether it's tomorrow or next year, and you can cancel online if you want.)
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 red 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.