Looking for the best cheap wines to buy online? We've done the research and rounded up the budget-friendly buys you need to know about.
Whether you're after red, white, or rose - or a bottle of bubbly - we've got you covered, compiling the best Aldi wine (opens in new tab), Tesco, and Morrisons. Alongside some of the best Lidl wine (opens in new tab) offers too. All of the wines in this collection are £10 or under. They may be cheap but that doesn't mean they lack in quality, taste, or body. All of these bottles are award-winners varying from IWC 2021 Awards, IWSC, and Decanter World Wine Awards.
"Choosing a cheaper bottle of wine with an award is a good starting point. Look out for bottles with stickers from reputable awards, such as the International Wine Challenge and the Decanter World Wine Awards. Both have websites with wines in all price categories," says Melanie Leyshon, WSET-qualified wine writer.
"For these awards, the wines will have been blind-tasted by wine-trained judges, such as sommeliers, Masters of Wine, and other wine professionals. These judges will be skilled in assessing whether a wine is balanced and worth buying whatever the price – they will score by aroma, flavour, acid, tannin of red wine, body, and finish. It’s a systematic approach that takes skill to learn but helps judges objectively identify well-balanced wines, from cheap to the most expensive."
Best cheap wines 2022
1. Morrisons Soave
This suave Soave is one of the best cheap wines you need to know about. The £4.35 bottle of white sold by Morrisons earnt a silver commendation at the 2021 International Wine Challenge, boasting a higher rating from critics than bottles sold for six times the price.
One Morrisons customer agreed it was "a very nice white" which was recommended to them by BBC's Saturday Kitchen Live.
2. Dealuri Romanian Rosé
This pale pink rosé offering from ALDI boasts both a bargain price and a bronze medal at this year's Independent Wine and Spirits Challenge (opens in new tab) (IWSC). Its rich raspberry and cherry aromas make for a crisp and fresh wine that goes great with grilled meats or salads.
One reviewer hailed this Romanian rosé as "absolutely delicious" and "enjoyable in the sun" and added that they "highly recommend this beverage."
3. Tesco Finest Prosecco Doc
There's plenty to celebrate with this bottle of fizz - especially when it's available for a rather reasonable £8.50 a bottle. Not only did it receive a bronze 2021 IWC badge, but some Teso shoppers are claiming this Prosecco "puts some champagne to shame". In that case - we'll be racing you to the checkout.
4. Tesco Rioja Blanco
This 2021 bronze IWSC-winning white Rioja is one of the best cheap wines to try. And the reviews speak for themselves, with one pleased Tesco customer commenting: "I love a white Rioja and this is a terrific value at £5 a bottle." You'll be pleasantly surprised by the subtle and elegant floral flavours of this crisp concoction that's delicious with a salmon supper.
5. Morrisons The Best Pinotage
This Morrison's own Pinotage is definitely one of the best cheap wines on the shelves. This £7 beauty is the only red out of 49 wines to score gold at the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards. And all whilst beating rivals that cost nearly ten times the price.
"Pinotage can really divide opinions and we found this one to be fab," wrote one Morrisons shopper. "Dead juicy and lush with some good spice and tannin on the finish."
6. Castellore Organic Prosecco
“Great flavour, great fizz, and gorgeous colour” is how one customer praised this award-winning Prosecco. But might we add a great price too? The eco-friendly fizz first picked up a commendation from the IWC in 2019.
This year though, the organic Prosecco secured a silver medal for its silky, sparkling pear and green apple taste. Grown with no pesticides or herbicides in a vineyard just 30km north-east of Venice, it’s a real clean fizz and a steal at £7.49 a bottle.
7. Tesco Vina Del Cura Rioja Crianza
People are raving about this rich and medium-bodied Rioja on sale at Tesco for under £7. Its 4.3-star rating on tesco.com has helped its status as one of the supermarket's best cheap wines, with one reviewer commenting:
"Very soft on the palate with a rich taste with very light oak. I would recommend this wine to anyone who likes red wines." A 2021 bronze IWC winner, we'll be stocking up on this one for sure.
8. Tesco Finest Pinot Grigio Blush
"Deliciously light and very glugable. No bitter after-taste," one Tesco customer wrote about this particular bottle of Pinot Grigio Blush. Part of the supermarket's finest range for a reason, this crisp and peachy Italian rose picked up a commendable bronze at this year's IWSC. And we can't resist a bottle or two at this brilliant price.
9. Wairau Cove Rose
This bronze IWC 2021 award-winning rose is worth popping into stores for, especially when available at £7.50 a bottle. A fruity offering that goes well with fish, it's certainly caused a stir online.
"This wine is delicious," wrote one satisfied Tesco shopper. "A medium dry rose, perfect flavour, not too sweet, nor too dry and vinegary. I have tried all the other rose wines on the Tesco website that are of similar price and this is definitely the best!"
10. Trivento Reserve Malbec
Curiously the name Trivento comes from three winds; Polar, Zonda, and Sudestada. And it's these winds that help make Mendoza in Argentina the successful wine-growing region it is. This bright crimson red is one of the best cheap wines in Iceland, with £8 a bottle a pretty price to pay for this award-winner.
Master of Wine Tim Atkin singled this out in his Best of Argentina wine report in 2020. And we're sure it's because - like us - he couldn't get enough of the velvety plum and vanilla notes that beautifully align whilst left to age for 6 months in a barrel.
11. Porto 6 Lisbon 2019
It's not only the pretty label that makes this rich red one of our best cheap wines. When British chef James Martin says this is one of the nicest reds he’d tasted in ten years of Saturday Kitchen, you know it's one to add to your basket. Juicy, jammy, and with bold forest fruit flavours, it really is a beautiful award-winning wine that's not to be missed for the price.
12. Winemaker's Selection Marlborough Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc
Lidl’s Winemaker’s Selection range also features this very reasonably priced sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. Reviewers love this IWSC 2020 bronze medal winner thanks to its floral aromas - typical of a Marlborough Sauvignon - teamed with some refreshing bubbles.
One happy customer commented; “Flipping brilliant, nicer than some £30 bottles of English sparkling.”
13. M&S Coteaux Varois En Provence
This exquisite dry rose is one of the best cheap wines at Marks and Spencers and can be picked up online via Ocado. The 2021 bronze winner originates from France's Provence wine region - known for producing some of the finest dry roses around. And M&S shoppers have been lavishing it with praise on the website.
"This is a lovely rose, dry and delicate flavour. Even my husband loves it - he normally finds rose too sweet," said one M&S customer.
14. Morrisons The Best Prosecco DOC
A bottle of bubbly for £7.49? Yes, they do exist and taste amazing for the price - with this bottle of Morrisons Prosecco earning a silver badge in Decanter's 2020 wine awards. "Dry, crisp, with fine intense bubbles. It doesn't leave me with a headache afterward," wrote one Morrisons reviewer. "Not too sweet. Would heartily recommend it. Thank you, Morrisons."
15. Maison de la Rougerie Brut Crémant de Bordeaux
Classy, crisp, and satisfyingly cheap. This Cremant de Bordeaux at Iceland has earnt its place on our best cheap wines round-up for these significant reasons. This is probably why it was singled out at the 2020 Berliner Wine Trophy awards. All we know is that it tastes great and Iceland reviewers seem to agree.
"Delicious Sparkling wine - if you prefer a Cava to a Prosecco you have to try this. iI's really crisp but not too dry and really a great alternative to champagne and 1/3 of the price - give it a try!"
16. Fleurs De Prairie Sparkling Rosé
Bronze winner of the IWC 2021 award, this sparkling rose is a favourite from budget supermarket Aldi. This wine has been described as fresh with a creamy palate and a hint of strawberry, floral notes. The perfect summer wine to enjoy in the sunshine.
One happy Aldi customer gave this bottle 5 stars and added; "Picked up this as an impulse buy when doing my weekly shopping. It is beautiful, very bubbly and has a lovely pale blush. I will definitely buy it again, I can see this being a regular favourite in my house!"
17. Specially Selected Medium Dry Sherry
"This dry sherry is perfect as an apéritif or even with soup," said Aldi shopper, who gave this bottle 5 stars overall. This smooth, and slightly sweet sherry is a commended winner of IWC 2021 awards. This wine has been described to have both fruity and nutty aromas. A medium-sweet wine at just £4.49.
18. Organic Prosecco Rosé
An elegant rose with a hint of citrus, floral notes, and wild strawberries. A bargain at just £8.49 this bottle of organic Prosecco is certainly one for sharing. "Lovely, refreshing, nice crisp flavour bodied wine, I bought this product for an 80th birthday party and the comments I got was a lovely drink and it would also be a lovely summer's day drink in the garden," said Aldi customer, Nic.
"This does not hang around for long! It’s full of pretty pink bubbles and is great fun! It opened with a satisfying ‘pop’ inspired by my husband's attempts to open it with a whisper. Taste-wise it’s dry - my husband said appley while I was more inclined to almondy," added Carole.
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Jessica Dady is Senior Content Editor at Goodto.com and has over 10 years of experience as a digital journalist, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to baking sets, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends much of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family - particularly for her two lucky children.
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