Looking for the best supermarket white wine? Want to know which white wine to buy? Read on for the best bottles, from sauvignon blanc to chardonnay. For expert wine tips on oaked wine, find out the lowdown here.


Best unique dinner party white

An unusual white wine to impress guests at your next dinner party – think lesser-known grapes and styles.

WINNER: Tesco Finest Viñas del Rey Albariño

white wine with green bottle

Vibrant and versatile with food, this has warm apricots and zesty grapefruit with a saline, slightly nutty finish. Perfect pairing: Roast salmon with herb crust and brown shrimp butter.

Available from Tesco (£9.50)

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aldi Specially Selected Bianco Toscana Sangiovese, £6.49

Floral and peachy with a zingy freshness, this one is great value for money for an unusual white sangiovese.

Perfect pairing: Spaghetti alle vongole with samphire.

Available from Aldi (£6.49)

Best light wine for a long lunch

Gentle white wines you can sip all day.

WINNER: Lidl Mosel Riesling

brown white wine bottle

Nicely zesty, bright and thirst-quenching, with peachy fruit and a limey finish.

Perfect pairing: Grilled peaches with burrata and serrano ham.

Available from Lidl (£4.99)

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Tesco Por do Sol Vinho Verde

A fresh and slightly spritzy white wine – a winner for summer sipping.

Perfect pairing: Spiralised summer rolls.

Available from Tesco (£5.25)

Best special occasions white wine

Next-level white wines for celebrations, birthdays and gifts.

WINNER: Asda Extra Special Albariño Rias Baixas

asda bottle

A generous nose, zesty with grapefruit freshness, and preserved lemon salinity – charming and easy to like. Perfect pairing: Herb and chilli calamari.

Available from ASDA (£8.50)

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aldi Greek Chardonnay

Barrel-fermented chardonnay, rich and buttery with savoury nuttiness and a zesty finish.

Perfect pairing: Tarragon roast chicken.

Available from Aldi (£14.99)

Best budget white wines

Affordable white wines for everyday drinking – all bottles are £6 or under.

WINNER: Aldi Cambalala South African Sauvignon Blanc

white wine bottle

A grassy and herbaceous SB with savoury green pepper notes and juicy, clean, bright fruit.

Perfect pairing: Green vegetable risotto.

Available from Aldi (£4.95)

HIGHLY COMMENDED:Asda Extra Special Fiano Terre Siciliane, £6

Aromatic with lush floral notes, candied tangerine peel and ripe, peachy fruit that makes this great with gently spiced food.

Perfect pairing: Prawn massaman curry.

Available from ASDA (£6)

Previous winners

Best Sauvignon Blanc

Joint gold: Asda Extra Special South African Sauvignon Blanc, £5.50

Savoury and refreshing, with juicy gooseberry fruit and a flinty mineral finish.

Perfect pairing: Try our seared scallops with brown butter and cauli ‘risotto’

ASDA Extra Special Sauvignon Blanc

Joint gold: M&S Clocktower Sauvignon Blanc, £12

Grassy and tropical fruit aromas, with a thirst-quenching, razor-sharp limey zest.

Perfect pairing: Try our crustless asparagus and bacon quiche

Clocktower Sauvignon Blanc

Silver: Ocado Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, £10.99

A classic New Zealand SB, packed with pineapple, mango, gooseberries and elderflower.

Perfect pairing: Try our deep-fried goats cheese with pink peppercorn honey

Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

Bronze: Aldi Specially Selected Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, £5.99

Peachy fruits with floral notes and a hint of white pepper, balanced with bright, lemony acidity.

Perfect pairing: Try our pan-fried salmon with watercress sauce

Best Pinot Grigio

Gold: Lidl Hungarian Pinot Grigio, £3.99

A honeyed, fruity, floral nose heavy with white peaches and elderflower. Subtle sweetness is balanced by acidity in this vibrant wine.

Perfect pairing: Try our grilled peaches with burrata recipe

Hungarian Pinot Grigio

Silver: Aldi Specially Selected Italian Pinot Grigio, £5.49

Lovely, floral elderflower notes, smooth on the palate with a clean, mineral finish.

Perfect pairing: Try our prawn, avocado and rocket orzo recipe

Best Chardonnay

Gold: Asda Extra Special Chablis, £12

Floral and aromatic with lychees, quince and lime peel notes and a classic, chablis mineral finish.

Perfect pairing: Try our baked lemon chicken recipe

ASDA Extra Special Selection Chablis

Joint silver: Tesco Finest Chablis Premier Cru, £15

Savoury and textured with juicy, orchard fruits and bright acidity softened by a subtle touch of oak.

Perfect pairing: Try our spaghetti alle vongole with samphire recipe

Tesco Finest Chablis Premier Cru

Joint silver: Lidl Limestone Coast Chardonnay, £5.99

Fantastic value for this Australian chardonnay that’s fruity, floral and softly spiced with a zippy, salted lemon freshness.

Perfect pairing: Try our courgette fritters

Best showstopping white wine

A white wine for when you want to blow the budget

Joint gold: Tesco Finest North Row Vineyard Sauvignon, £13

Made with grapes from the famous Villa Maria vineyards, this packs a big tropical fruit punch with plenty of complexity and length.

Perfect pairing: Try our one-pot chicken and quinoa tagine


Joint gold: Lidl Chablis, £9.99

A lovely rounded texture and a pretty, peachy nose, with a bracing, saline minerality.

Perfect pairing: Try our tofu piccata recipe

Lidl chablis

Joint silver: Sainsbury’s Taste the Different Chablis Vieilles Vignes, £16

Inviting apricot and apple pastry notes with an elegant, lemony finish.

Perfect pairing: Try our pork chops in cider recipe

Sainsbury’s Taste the Different Chablis Vieilles Vignes

Joint silver: M&S Florent Rouve Viré-Cléssé, £14

Complex and beautifully balanced with peachy fruit, zesty acidity and a little butteriness from its gentle ageing in oak.

Perfect pairing: Try our one-pot creamy pancetta and parmesan pasta

Florent Rouve Viré-Cléssé

Bronze: Asda Extra Special Pouilly Fume, £12.50

Grassy and elderflower aromas with lovely juicy fruit and a lip-smacking freshness.

Perfect pairing: Try our lemon sole with brown shrimp butter

ASDA Extra Special Pouilly Fume Sauvignon Blanc

Best new discovery white wine

Gold: Waitrose Zenato Villa Flora Lugana, £11.99

Full-bodied and luscious with ripe stone fruits and a fragrant snap of mountain herbs.

Perfect pairing: Try our farro, grilled peach and pecan salad

Waitrose Zenato Villa Flora Lugana

Silver: Asda Lugana Italian Wine, £9.50

Very attractive, opulent and creamy, with a floral nose and notes of gingery baked apples.

Perfect pairing: Try our light prawn laksa recipe

Asda Lugana

Bronze: M&S Found Moscofilero & Roditis, £8.50

Really aromatic with notes of tangerine peel and some spice balanced with fresh acidity. This is a wine that really zips around the palate.

Perfect pairing: Try our chicken satay noodle salad

M&S Moscofilero & Roditis

Best everyday white wine

Gold: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Viognier, £8

Honeysuckle, white peaches and grapefruit zest sing along with a rounded, rich finish.

Perfect pairing: Try our pork chops with apple chilli salsa recipe

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Viognier

Silver: Tesco Finest Cotes de Gascogne, £6.50

Crisp and zesty with passionfruit, gooseberry and lemon meringue pie notes.

Perfect pairing: Try our Vietnamese turmeric and dill fish with rice noodles

Tesco Finest Cotes de Gascogne

Bronze: Waitrose Blueprint Fairtrade Chenin Blanc, £6.99

Really appetising and moreish with tart green apples, citric zest and bright, refreshing acidity.


Perfect pairing: Try our fried chicken sandwich

Waitrose Blueprint Fairtrade Chenin Blanc


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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