Whether it’s post-holiday penny pinching, you just don’t want to spend the money on expensive wines, or you’re just a cheap wine lover, we’ve made this list for you. You don’t have to compromise quality when you’re on a tight budget! Luckily, there are some pretty great tasting wines that don’t have to break the bank.

It’s all about finding delicious and affordable wines you’ll love to drink that also save you money. Here’s our list of cheap wines that taste expensive.

 

Wine On A Budget – Best Wines Under $20

 

Red Wines Under $20

 

Lobetia Tempranillo-Petite Verdot Blend
Castilla, Spain

20 wines under $20, Punctum Lobetia Tempranillo Petit Verdot, Spain, Renaissance Wine Merchants

Why We Like It:

  • organically grown grapes
  • the label (it looks more expensive than it is)
  • Petite Verdot bulks up the value-driven Tempranillo

 

Doña Paula Estate Malbec
Uco Valley, Argentina

20 wines under $20, Dona Paula Malbec, Argentina, Select Wines,

Why We Like It:

  • 100% estate fruit
  • dedication to quality winemaking
  • all of their wines drink way above their price

 

Montes Twins Red Blend
Colchagua Valley, Chile

20 Wines Under $20, Montes Twins Red Blend, Chile, Trialto

Why We Like It:

  • delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenère
  • well-established Chilean producer
  • you want cheap? we’ve even seen this one on sale!

 

Vineland Estates Cabernet Franc
Niagara Peninsula, ON, Canada

20 wines under $20, Vineland Estates Cabernet Franc 2016, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario Canada, BonVida Wine Importers

Why We Like It:

  • unparalleled finesse for the price
  • Ontario VQA quality
  • usually a blending grape, but this CF is great on its own

 

Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon
Lodi, California

20 wines under $20, Noble Vines 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi California, Select Wines

Why We Like It:

  • rich plum and black cherry flavours
  • a great wine for BBQ burgers
  • the 337 Vine originated in Bordeaux

 

Finca Los Arandinos Malacapa Red
La Rioja, Spain

20 wines under $20, Malacapa Rioja, Spain, CellerMaker Imports

Why We Like It:

  • youthful, juicy red wine blend with a touch of oak
  • the grapes are hand-picked
  • you could cellar this wine 2-5 years if you wanted

 

A Mano Primitivo
Puglia, Italy

20 Wines under $20, A Mano Primitivo, Puglia, Italy, Renaissance Wine Merchants

Why We Like It:

  • fruit forward with a bit of spice
  • no barrel ageing (less expensive to produce)
  • your ultimate Tuesday night pizza wine

 

Vieux Clocher Cotes du Rhone Red
Rhone Valley, France

20 wines under $20, Vieux Clocher Rhone Valley, France, Renaissance Wine Merchants

Why We Like It:

  • it’s a lighter (and cheaper) version of Chateaunuef-du-Pape
  • totally age worthy
  • classic looking Old World wine

 

Viña Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenère
Maipo Valley, Chile

20 wines under $20, Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere, Chile, Select Wines

Why We Like It:

  • actively practices economic, social and environmental sustainability
  • Viña Carmen was the first winery to sell Carmenère wine
  • rich, full bodied wine for Merlot, Malbec and Cab lovers

 

La Posta Tinto (Red Blend)
Mendoza, Argentina

20 wines under $20, la posta Tinto red blend, Argentina, Trialto

Why We Like It:

  • focus is on the growers — family farms — not the winemaker
  • some of the best fruit in Argentina is used for La Posta wines
  • great with fall-off-the-bone BBQ pork ribs

 

White Wines Under $20

 

Montes Twins White Blend
Colchagua Valley, Chile

20 Wines Under $20, Montes Twins White Blend, Chile, Trialto

Why We Like It:

  • delicious blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay
  • a crisp, lively wine with lots of body
  • we’ve seen this one on sale, too! (cheap cheap)

 

Perseus Pinot Gris
Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada

20 wines under $20, Perseus Pinot Gris, the Hatch Wines, Okanagan Valley, BC Canada

Why We Like It:

  • more intensity than you expect from inexpensive wine
  • BC VQA quality
  • dangerously easy to drink

 

Yalumba Y Series Viognier
South Australia, Australia

20 wines under $20, Yalumba Y Series Viognier, Australia

Why We Like It:

  • #56 on the 2018 Wine Spectator Top 100 List (2017 Vintage)
  • lower acidity and bigger body
  • family owned since 1849

 

Loosen Bros. “Dr. L” Riesling
Mosel, Germany

DrLRiesling_Bottle, 20 wines under $20, Loosen Bros. Germany, Select Wines

Why We Like It:

  • off-dry when you want something just a bit sweeter
  • premium Riesling producer that offers a value wine
  • we’ve seen this one on sale!

 

Carrol Boyes Sketchbook Chenin Blanc
Stellenbosch, South Africa

20 wines under $20, Carrol Boyes Sketchbook Chenin Blanc, South Africa

Why We Like It:

  • limited edition artwork on label (looks expensive)
  • a nice change from common white grape varieties
  • flavours of crisp green apple and peach

 

Rosé Wines Under $20

 

Yalumba Y Series Rosé
South Australia, Australia

20 wines under $20, Yalumba Sangiovese Rosé, Australia

Why We Like It:

  • made from Sangiovese grapes
  • aromatic, dry style and crushable
  • very food-friendly

 

La Kiuva Rosé
Valle d’Aosta, Italy

la_kiuva_ros_de_vall_e, 20 wines under $20, nebbiolo rosé, Italy, Crush Imports

Why We Like It:

  • the product of an Italian co-operative of over 60 farmers
  • rare to find a rosé made with Nebbiolo grapes
  • not a typical rosé — dry with both fruity and savoury notes

 

Bota Box Dry Rosé
California, USA

20 wines under $20, Bota Box California Dry Rosé, Select Wines, Delicato Family

Why We Like It:

 

Sparkling Wines Under $20

 

Bottega Prosecco DOC
Treviso, Italy

20 wines under $20, Bottega Prosecco, Italy, Stile Brands

Why We Like It:

  • light & lively, tasty sparkling wine
  • the label (it looks more expensive than it is)
  • there’s always a reason to celebrate

 

Zonin Prosecco DOC

Veneto, Italy

20 wines under $20, zoning prosecco doc, veneto italy, Summit Wines

Why We Like It:

  • family owned and operated
  • easy drinking bubbles and great in Mimosas
  • new silver & turquoise label gives it some pizzaz!

 

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

When you’ve got “Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget,” you don’t always have to spend a lot of money to get a good-quality, delicious tasting wine. Even some so-called “cheap wines” can taste far more expensive than their price tag. You also don’t have to sacrifice your taste buds by buying mass produced, conglomerate wine biz products that add a bunch of stuff to the wines to make the juice stretch further. It is possible to find inexpensive wine that still saves you money. The key is to look for established, producers that don’t compromise on quality — wineries that offer value wines while maintaining the integrity of the product.

Remember: Just because it’s expensive, doesn’t mean you’ll like it, and just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean it’s bad!

 

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