Wine club gifts deliver wine monthly, every other month, or quarterly. For a wine lover, this is a thoughtful way to let them know how much you appreciate them. With 100s of clubs to choose from, our reviews and Best Wine Clubs lists will help you find the right wine subscription gift.
Last updated: February 11, 2018
A wine club is the perfect gift for both experienced and new wine drinkers. The delight of wine arriving at your door never gets old, and like all gift of the month clubs, a wine subscription is a gift that keeps on giving. If you're unsure of what type of wine drinker you're buying for, don't worry: this list focuses on what we lovingly refer to as palate-pleasers — wines that are hard to find objectionable by any reasonable standard (or wine drinker).
This year we've also updated this list of Best Wine Club Gifts to focus on "Affordable" wine club gifts. Affordability is always subjective, but in this case we've sought out great wine clubs where you can give a three month subscription for around $150.
We've pored over the selections with a fine-toothed comb to find the wine of the month clubs with the best gift packaging and gift announcements (including last-minute gifts), on top of the best wines and the best customer service. Oh, and don't forget the wine education: part of a great wine of the month club gift is the informational material which helps your wine lover learn more about the wine they're drinking, increasing confidence in wine selection and enjoyment.
Want to get specific? We've also ranked Red Wine Club Gifts and White Wine Club Gifts.
The Gold Medal Wine Club showcases award-winning California wines and the Gold Series is their "entry level" wine club gift. The Gold Medal Wine Club is consistent in the quality of their wine, their wine magazine The Wine Press, and their excellent customer service.
About the Wine: The Gold Series, a collection of medal-winning wine from family-owned and operated wineries in California, is available as a 2-bottle and a 4-bottle wine club of mixed red and white wines, red wine only, or white wine only. When you order red- or white-only you get 2 each of the same bottle in the shipment, and 4 each if you've upgraded. A PLUS! bottle is available in each shipment for an additional $39 — these are special bottles the wine club was only able to procure in smaller quantities than their full wine membership requires.
About the Gift: As a gift, we've put the Gold Series near the top of the list for two big reasons. First, we believe the Gold Series is an excellent mix of value and quality. Second, Gold Medal's gift packaging is the best in the business. Each bottle is wrapped, the pair is delivered in a beautiful artist-designed gift box with a matching customized greeting card, and you can choose your target delivery date for gifts. Exclusive! Gold Medal has put together a special gift package just for our readers. Get the gift box and printed gift card for free, as well as a Reserve Meritage (a red Bordeaux blend of California wine) worth $24 in the first shipment!
Insider Tip: Gold Medal Wine Club really encourages the “buy more, save more” concept by rewarding customers for bigger orders. Whether you upgrade to four bottles or buy more months, you’ll be getting more for your money.
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.
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The California Wine Club only sells wine produced by small, family wineries in California — no bulk wine, nothing large production, not ever. Their Premier Series is their "entry level" wine club gift. The California Wine Club offers a terrific blend of great wine, wine education via their full-color magazine Uncorked, and their top-notch customer service which includes personal wine consultants.
About the Wine: The Premier Series, featuring wine from family-owned and operated California wineries, is available as a 2-bottle and a 4-bottle wine club of mixed red and white wines, red wine only, or white wine only. When you order red- or white-only you get 2 each of the same bottle in the shipment, and 4 each if you've upgraded.
About the Gift: Your gift recipient will enjoy two boutique wines from small California wineries in each shipment, but also all kinds of extra fun comes in the first shipment — an elegant bottle stopper, a $25 wine credit, a VIP winery tour and tasting invitation, and a personalized gift card from you. In future shipments there could be little goodies, too, like artistic note cards or expanded recipes — always something to delight your recipient.
Shopping Last Minute? The California Wine Club has custom gift cards you can print or email to your recipient so they have something to open on the big day.
VineBox is one of our new favorites. While most wine of the month clubs are focused on selling wine in quantity, VineBox has scaled back and instead sells in-home wine-tasting experiences. Each shipment features three glass tubes of wine, each containing 10 cl or roughly 3.3 oz (a small glass of wine).
About the Wine: The wines are super interesting, mostly old-world selections (think European wine regions) and are sophisticated selections you almost certainly have never seen before. The unique feature of this subscription, the glass tubes, are rebottled from full-size bottles using a specially developed nitrogen system which prevents any wine from ever coming in contact with oxygen during the process.
About the Gift: VineBox’s standard packaging is perfect for gifting. Each box is a well-designed treasure chest. The interior is composed of a dense, black foam that protects the tubes during shipment. If the recipient loves a wine and it's still available, they can order a full size bottle through VineBox.
Insider Tip: Each box is really only suited to a one-person tasting, so if you're buying for a couple and want them to share the experience, we recommend using their "Double It" option which also saves you 5%. When they redeem the gift, they’ll select their wine preferences and the shipments will begin.
Shopping Last Minute? VineBox offers to send a gift announcement via email, so they know a gift is on its way before they receive it. The default setting is to send the email as soon as you place your order, but you can opt to have it sent on any future date on the same screen where you add your custom gift message.
The International Wine of the Month Club has been sending out monthly gifts to happy customers since 1994. They do a good job at selecting wines that will appeal to most wine drinkers. The Premier Series is their "entry level" wine of the month club gift and it makes a great gift for people who like wine but aren't super picky about the grape or the region.
About the Wine: The wine selection for The Premier Series includes popular varietals like Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay, but also regional specialties from around the globe including France, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and more. If you're looking for a two-bottle wine of the month club gift that offers more than just California wine, we strongly recommend giving this International wine club gift (which does occasionally include California wine).
About the Gift: The International Wine of the Month Club offers unprecedented options for how many shipments you want, how frequently you want them, and they even let you pick which month the shipment should arrive in, in case you're super pro-active and want to order ahead. You can also choose what color wine you want. Gifts arrive with the bottles wrapped in organza bags and are presented with The International Wine Club's educational newsletter, Cellar Notes.
Insider Tip: The International Wine of the Month Club offers a very cool Design Your Own Club program where you can mix and match Wine, Beer, Cheese, Chocolate, Cigars, and Flowers in your monthly gift. Another great way to use this Design-Your-Own club is to customize a wine club gift membership. Imagine you’re giving a 6-month subscription, but one of those months includes your favorite wine lover’s birthday — you can upgrade that month to their Collector’s Series for a special treat.
Shopping Last Minute? When you check out at The International Wine of the Month Club, you'll be given an option to email a gift announcement (either immediately or on a specific day) and you can also choose to download a gift notice to print yourself.
Winc is one of our favorite wine clubs when buying for yourself, but it also makes a terrific gift. Unlike other wine clubs where the wines are always pre-selected by the club, Winc members can choose their own wines if they want to. This option is great for wine drinkers who want to discover new grapes and new regions.
About the Wine: Winc (formerly known as Club W) used to purchase wines at deep discounts to sell through their wine club, but for quite a while now they’ve been producing their own wine instead. Most of their production is California wine but they offer interesting selections from other areas around the world, too. Roughly 60% of their wines are priced at $13 a bottle (for members) and they offer a variety of wines from $14-40 per bottle. Heavily focused on California wine, the $13 selections are primarily sourced from grapes grown in Santa Barbara, Lodi, and Paso Robles. The more expensive selections are often sourced from Napa and Sonoma counties.
About the Gift: When you give a gift of Winc, you purchase credits, like a digital gift card, that they'll redeem when it's convenient for them. You can buy gift credits in $50 increments, ranging from $60 (a one-time gift which includes shipping and sales tax) to $600 which is a whole year of wine, shipping included. To announce your gift, you can choose between a few options: A beautiful note delivered via FedEx for $6, a note you can print at home and put in a card, or an email announcement which goes out immediately when you order.
Insider Tip: We love Winc, but we don’t suggest giving this gift to people who drink expensive red wine unless you plan ahead for them spend more than $13 per bottle. Their red wines are really interesting and a great value in the $20+ range, but are hit or miss below that price.
Shopping Last Minute? No problem. The download and print or email gift announcement options means you’re covered even the same day you’re giving the gift.
Want to try new wines every week? We taste wine from nearly every wine club we review and rate the clubs objectively. Then we look at which subscriptions wine lovers like you actually join each month and rank them for you on this list.
The best red wine can be pricey so pick a trusted wine club with a satisfaction guarantee. Quality & service is how you get on our list of best red wine clubs.
Wine clubs are the white wine lover's best friend. Excellent & affordable sums it up. There's so much more than Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, so join one!
You must really like some lucky wine drinker if you're on the hunt for the best red wine club gift! Most wine clubs offer "red wine only" versions of their month clubs, but this list of red wine gifts also includes special wine clubs that always ship only red wine.
If you know a white wine lover, a white wine only wine club membership is a fabulous gift—for both of you! As the gift-giver, you can save a few bucks since whites are usually cheaper than reds, and the recipient will get a box of happiness delivered each month, with white wines they may not have tried or discovered yet.