Last updated: February 26, 2017
In wine, what you like is always the best. For lovers of wine from outside the U.S., an International wine club is the best way to discover new wine regions and styles in a low-risk way. The wine clubs we've picked as the best International wine of the month clubs not only showcase International wines, they're also great wine clubs offering terrific value and usually great gifting options.
Some of these monthly wine clubs focus on one region in each shipment, others just send you two (or more) great bottles of wine from different wine regions. One thing to keep in mind, these aren't specifically "European" wine clubs and you shouldn't expect just France, Italy, and Spain. Wonderful wines are coming out of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South American countries like Chile and Argentina.
Plonk wine club doesn't use the label "International" wine when describing their Curated wine club, but it features a fascinating selection of unique wine from around the globe. This wine club appears on many of our best wine club lists because the wine is among the best you'll find in a wine club anywhere near this price.
We're also partial to the quirky selections and adventurous spirit of wine discovery promoted by Plonk.
Love a particular varietal? You should try one of Plonk's specialty clubs. They feature the same great curation process of international wines, but the approach is to send you each month one wine you're familiar with and one that has similar characteristics but is an unexpected grape and often from an unexpected region. Try Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir club, or Sauvignon Blanc.
Gold Medal Wine Club also makes an appearance on many of our best wine club lists. They consistently deliver excellent quality (usually California) wine and they have excellent gift packaging which makes you look good when you give wine.
Their International wine club takes it a step further. Each quarterly shipment contains three bottles of wine from a single wine region somewhere in the world. We've received delightful shipments from Portugal, France, and Italy over the years. The full-color brochure that accompanies each shipment fills you in on the region, the winery, and the wines you'll be drinking, and it includes recipe pairing ideas.
The best feature of this wine club? You can upgrade it to include a Gourmet Adventure package which includes sweet and savory foodstuffs from the featured region. We've received teas, spices, cookies, honey, and so much more.
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The California Wine Club (one of our favorites) also has an International wine club... who knew? This wine club highlights a new wine region around the world each month and comes with all the benefits of being a member of the most customer-centric wine club around.
Benefits of membership include: Each shipment includes a travelogue, Uncorked®, which is your guide to the featured region, plus insight to the region's wine scene, wine tips, wine luminary interviews and more; a 100% satisfaction guarantee; Savings up to 50% when you reorder your favorite wines; and a personal wine consultant you can call at any time for help with wines you've received or wines you'd like to buy.
The International Wine of the Month Club focuses, yep you guessed it, on wines from around the world. They seem to have a heavy European influence (especially France, Italy, and Spain) but we've seen gems from Australia, South Africa, and South American countries, too.
Perfect for gift-giving, the International Wine of the Month Club offers you a ton of options in terms of how many months to give, how often they're delivered, and how often you pay for the deliveries! To sweeten the deal, they offer a buy-more save-more discount to encourage you to give a longer subscription (or you can take advantage of the deal for yourself, too).
The Premier Series is their entry-level club, but they also offer a Collectors Series (high-end), Masters Series (one each of the Premier Series and Collectors Series wines), and a new Bold Reds series for those who prefer robust red wines. All selections are International.
We think The World of Wine is Vinesse's best wine club. Delivered three, four, or eight times per year, this wine club features six bottles in each shipment, focusing on a handful of prominent wine regions. We received shipments from Bordeaux, Southern France, Italy, and South America.
If you want a wine club for yourself with more than just two bottles, this is a super fun wine club for discovery and it delivers excellent value. It also makes a great discovery-oriented gift for your favorite young wine lovers.
One of our favorite parts of the Vinesse tasting notes? They include cellaring information! We wish all wine clubs told us how long to hold our wines and when they'd be reaching peak maturity.
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