Best Red Wine Clubs Under $30 a Bottle

Last updated: September 12, 2018


Best Red Wine Clubs Under $30 a Bottle

Our list of the 10 Best Red Wine Clubs Under $30 a Bottle & Subscriptions:

  1. Plonk Red Wine Club
  2. 90+ Wine Club
  3. Case Club
  4. The Bold Reds Series
  5. Napa Wine Club
  6. WINC Wine Club
  7. The Limited Series Wine Club
  8. Bordeaux Wine Club
  9. The World of Wine Club
  10. The Premier Series

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Where do you buy good red wine? If you're looking for a new way to buy red wine, try a red wine club. We've reviewed hundreds (seriously) of red wine clubs — some feature only red wine, some just French or California reds, some just one grape or only red blends, not to mention all of the different price-points offered — it's easy to get overwhelmed.

The great news is, we've got your back. We use the same (mostly) objective ratings criteria for picking the best red wine of the month clubs as we do for all of our top wine club lists — and we know you'll love every red wine club on this list.

Buying for someone else? See our Best Red Wine Clubs for Gifts list, too. Interested in a specific grape? Check this page for all of our single-varietal red wine clubs.

The Best Red Wine of the Month Clubs Under $30 a Bottle


1.Red Wine Club

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Plonk Wine Club has been one of our favorite wine clubs for years. Their proprietor and wine buyer, Etty, goes out of her way to procure excellent, interesting, and, where possible, biodynamic wines to delight her customers. As a serious foodie, she also has chef-paired recipes for each selection. Among other great red wine clubs, Plonk makes it to the top of this under $30 per bottle list not just because of it's price and awesome wine, but because if you sign up for an all Red club, you actually get four different red wines! (Several of their competitors simply send two of the current mixed wine shipment's red wine.)

Wine Selection: Here at WineClubReviews.net we have what we like to call "curious palates." We always want to try new things and we sometimes get bored with the selection of wines available through grocery stores. Plonk is the perfect wine club for people like us. This month's selection includes a Zweigalt (red) from Austria, a red blend from Portugal, a Rhone-style red blend from California's North Coast, and a red blend from the Asturias region in Spain. Plonk's Red Club is available in 2, 4, and 12-bottle shipments. If you select the 12-bottle shipments you'll get three each of four different wines.

Wine Quality: Plonk only works with high-quality wines, it's a point of pride for Etty to select the best wines around the world that retail for less than $30, and then bring those beautiful wines to a market who would otherwise never see them, month after month, year after year. Each wine is distinctive, balanced, and shows "typicity" (which means it tastes like the grapes it says are on the bottle). Each wine also has character, creating enjoyment and adventure in every sip.

Wine Price: Plonk, despite its name, does not offer cheap wine, so you can't get it at cheap prices, but it's really quite affordable for the amazing selection of wine you receive. Their 4-bottle wine club (recommended) is $94.99 per shipment ($23.75 per bottle), with free shipping. You can get that down to almost $20 per bottle if you join the 12-bottle club. Bonus! Save $10 on your first order with promo code NEWMEMBER and get a free double-jointed corkscrew in your first shipment — our favorite corkscrew, and we've got dozens.

Gifting info: Plonk doesn't place a heavy emphasis on gifting. They offer gift shipments, pre-paid like most other wine clubs, but there isn't any gift wrap or pomp and circumstance around their shipments. You can create an email gift announcement or print a customized gift announcement to give on the big day. If you're a corporate gifter, they WILL customize shipments for you. Don't forget to tell them you learned about this from WineClubReviews.net, please.

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2.90+ Wine Club

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This is one of, in our opinions, the most under-appreciated wine clubs on our website. It's one of only five wine clubs that have a full 5 stars and it appears on several of our Best Wine Clubs lists.

Wired For Wine ® is a wine retailer offering an eclectic international selection of wines that are rated at least 90 points by a wine critic and below the retail price. They're quarterly wine club collects twelve of these bottles and delivers them to your door. There are a few things that, in our minds, are very special about this wine club:

Awesome Red Wine Value from Quality comes from only working with exceptional wines s. The wines are curated based on wine critics' ratings and how much the owners of the company want to drink the wine (a foodie-friendly selection).

Awesome Red Wine Value from Pricing starts with selling their curated selection well below the wine's retail price, includes shipping on 12 bottles, and competes with big name wine clubs at the exact same price but with significantly better wine.

Awesome Red Wine Value from a Satisfaction Guarantee means if you don't like a wine, they'll get you something else at no extra cost. They want you to love the wines you get and they stand behind their wine selection prowess.

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3.Case Club

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Typically the best deals in red wine are when it is purchased by the case (12 bottles to a box). Since many people don't drink more than a bottle a week, case clubs are typically sold on a quarterly basis. Some of us, ahem, not mentioning any names, definitely drink more than a bottle a week and this Case Club Series from The California Wine Club is happy to oblige you with monthly or bi-monthly shipments if you're like us.

Wine Selection: The Case Club is like a closeout club. The wines that were originally selected for other wine clubs but were purchased in higher volume than those clubs' memberships required get sold via the Case Club at a steep discount. The California Wine Club mostly works with boutique California wineries so the selection in the Case Club is largely red wines produced in small quantities by small California wineries. In addition to 8-11 wines from their Premier Series, you will also receive 1-4 bottles of red wine from the Pacific Northwest or other places in the world.

Wine Quality: Unlike other 12-bottle wine clubs, this Case Club will never send you what the industry not-so-affectionately terms "bulk wine." We go into detail elsewhere on this, but bulk wine is produced on a very large scale and substitutes finesse, character, and care for price. At WineClubReviews.net we're not super judgy about this as many people can't tell the difference or don't care about how the wine was produced as long as they can afford it and they like it. If you DO care about this, then THIS is the red wine club you're looking for. Membership perk: At The California Wine Club you get a 100% Love It Guarantee and a personal wine concierge!

Wine Price: If you've been researching red wine clubs on your own, you've probably seen a lot of these case clubs around (sometimes on Groupon or other discount/closeout sites), and you may have noticed they're typically $170 per shipment once shipping is factored in. That roughs out to $14.17 per bottle delivered. This Case Club also costs $170 per shipment, including shipping. There are no introductory offers for the Case Club Series from The California Wine Club. Priced 48% below what this wine club normally charges for these same wines, we think you can understand why. Plus, you get better value in every box than you'll find in the shipments from the other clubs.

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4.Bold Reds Club

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For Gifts Give a wine club gift of 4 pre-paid shipments and save $10. Use code SAVE10 at checkout.


For Gifts Give a wine club gift of 6 pre-paid shipments and save $15. Use code SAVE15 at checkout.


For Gifts Give a wine club gift of 12 pre-paid shipments and save $25. Use code SAVE25 at checkout.

The new Bold Reds Series from The International Wine of the Month Club just squeaks it's way onto this list of wine clubs with bottles under $30, but it deserves to be here based on the interesting wines they ship, the focus on bigger reds that hold up to BBQ, pizza, and spicy pastas really well, and of course, it's a great wine club that's been around for years because they know what they're doing.

Wine Selection: With so many California wine clubs on the market, this wine club which is International in scope is a welcome addition, though you will occasionally get a California or other US wine in your shipments. We love that wines show up from every corner of the earth. This month's Bold Reds shipment includes a 2013 Petite Sirah from Maipo Valley, Chile and a 2012 Priorat from Spain. This is typical of their Bold Reds selections which also have included: a 2014 Russian River Syrah (California), a 2014 McLaren Vale Shiraz (Australia), a 2011 Bordeaux Blend from Mendoza (Argentina), a 2015 Ribera del Duero Tempranillo (Spain), and a 2010 South African Shiraz.

Wine Quality: As with all big reds, it's important to chill them and let them breathe before you drink them and we recommend decanting 30 minutes before serving. As the wines come up to room temperature you'll discover all of the markers of high quality in these selections.

Wine Price: The International Wine of the Month Club isn't known for generous pricing on their wine, but they're not unfair either. We think $30 a bottle is about right, given that shipping isn't free. But you can always save a little extra by pre-paying for your wine club membership: save $10 on any 4-shipment order with coupon SAVE10.

Gifting Info: The International Wine of the Month Club is a premier gift service for monthly clubs. In the business since 1994, they've done a great job assembling all the pieces for great gifting: gift wrapped bottles, customizable gift cards to be given on the big day, and a crack customer service team to handle any issues your recipients encounter.

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5.Napa Wine Club

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Exclusive Deal For Gifts Save 10% on any wine of the month club gift. Use code BESTWINE at checkout or Click for This Deal.

Around the world, the Napa Valley has challenged every great wine region for the title of "the best of the best." While preferences are subjective, the outstanding reputation and quality of the wine coming out of Napa is not. When it comes to Napa Wine Clubs, why join one winery club when you can join a subscription service which delivers different Napa wines to your door on a bi-monthly basis?

Wine Selection & Quality: This wine subscription features Napa red blends and even Napa Cabernet Sauvignon when they can secure a really great price. For anyone who wants to get to know Napa better, but maybe can't afford the pricey Napa Cabs, there is the Napa Wine Club from the Original Wine of the Month Club®.

Wine Price: Paul (the owner of the Wine of the Month Club®) is really good at getting great prices on the wine he buys for his store and his wine clubs. He also really likes charging a fair price for his wine, instead of marking it up or even charging retail. So at $22.48 a bottle (plus shipping), we think you're getting really good red wine typically priced in the $25-30 range at a local wine shop.

Insider tip: Give yourself a gift membership where shipping is included, use our exclusive 10% discount code (BESTWINE), and get that price back under $30 a bottle!

Gift Info: With fun gift packaging, a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and reasonable pricing, this wine club is a great way for you to give a Napa wine subscription and feel comfortable doing so. They'll even get a little bonus gift in their first shipment! Shipping every other month, a 3-shipment gift is $220 plus shipping (varies by location). 4- and 6-shipment gifts available, too. Our readers save 10% on all gift club memberships. Use coupon code BESTWINE.

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6.WINC Wine Club

by WINC
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Exclusive Deal For Gifts Join today and save $25 on your first Winc box. Free shipping on orders of 4 or more bottles. Click for This Deal.

Overview: Winc set out to change the wine industry by finding new ways to get better value to wine drinkers in the under $15 range, and boy have they ever. By delivering unprecedented value at $13 a bottle and personalized selections geared for every palate, Winc is a standout wine of the month club. If you're ready for more sophisticated wines, you can upgrade to Winc Select. Either way, you can save even more money by participating in their myriad rewards programs.

What We Love: We love how they go above and beyond to reward loyal customers with substantial savings and invitations to a premium level program. No other wine club offers this level of loyalty rewards, or this much fun! Also, as time has passed under wine director Ryan Zotovich, the selection of premium wines has both grown in selection and quality.

Could Be Better: Winc works so hard to make their service great that it's hard for us to think of something they should do to make it even better.

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7.The Limited Series

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Exclusive Deal For Gifts Save 10% on any wine of the month club gift. Use code BESTWINE at checkout or Click for This Deal.

Overview: These are the highest level wines you can get in a membership from The Original Wine of the Month Club ™, generally well-made wines from well-known areas. At $25-30 a bottle, it's competitive with several other wine clubs on price, but the wines are little more "traditional" and not discovery oriented.

What We Love: Paul Kalemkiarian, second generation proprietor at Wine of the Month Club ™ goes out of his way to source interesting wines, and in this price point that can be a challenge, particularly in finding California wines. So he leans on an International selection to bring you better value in this price range.

Could Be Better: This is our favorite wine subscription from Wine of the Month Club, but we think the marketing text on their website is a little overhyped. Expect very good wines for these prices, but "Special Occasion" seems too generous of a description.

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8.Bordeaux Wine Club

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Overview: Bordeaux is famous for huge price tags on their Premier Cru wines, but Bordeaux is a big region and there are many producers of less-expensive Bordeaux wines. This club focuses on these growers and ships every other month.

What We Love: Who doesn't love getting world-class Bordeaux wine at bargain prices? While Bordeaux often fetches upwards of $80 a bottle, these other Bordeaux wines delight at just $25 a bottle.

Could Be Better: We'd love to see this club delivered monthly and in larger quantities... two bottle just doesn't seem like enough! It is the perfect amount for a wine club gift, though...

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9.The World of Wine Club

by Vinesse
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For You Join today and save $120 on your first shipment (six wines are only $9.75 each) PLUS get two bonus bottles of a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($50 value). Click for This Deal.

Overview: We really enjoy this International wine club where each shipment contains six different wines from a single wine region somewhere in the world. Of the many clubs that offer an International selection, most aren't themed for additional wine discovery and education.

What We Love: We received shipments of this wine club for years because it always kept a good variety of food-friendly and affordable wines on hand, we never opened a bottle we were disappointed with, and we feel this club offers a good quality-to-price ratio.

Could Be Better: We'd love to see customers rewarded for buying bigger allotments. "Buy more save more" pricing would be a great addition to the line-up. We'd also really like to see the shipping costs come down dramatically.

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10.The Premier Series

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For Gifts Give a wine club gift of 4 pre-paid shipments and save $10. Use code SAVE10 at checkout.


For Gifts Give a wine club gift of 6 pre-paid shipments and save $15. Use code SAVE15 at checkout.


For Gifts Give a wine club gift of 12 pre-paid shipments and save $25. Use code SAVE25 at checkout.

Overview: This is the entry-level wine club from the International Wine of the Month Club, but unlike some other wine clubs in this price range you'll always receive Estate-bottled wines. Also for a wine club in this price range you get excellent tasting notes and winery information for every wine that's shipped.

What We Love: Unlike some other wine clubs which focus on acquiring closeout wines to ship to their members, this wine club cares a great deal about coming up with consistent selections befitting their reputation of 25 years in the business. Their tasting panel includes proprietor Kris Calef, wine professionals, and everyday wine drinkers, so they excel at finding palate-friendly wines with wide appeal.

Could Be Better: We'd love to see four-bottle shipments offered by this wine club as a way to help mitigate the cost. The company offers a reliable, quality-driven service, so you don't really get deals on the wine in the shipments. While we'd probably pass on this particular subscription for ourselves, we think it makes a terrific wine club gift — especially if you mix it up with some of their other cool monthly clubs.

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