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Best wine subscriptions and clubs

Published: May 14, 2021 at 1:01 pm

Looking to try a monthly wine subscription box? We've tested the best regular wine deliveries and clubs, with something for everyone, from all-rounders to natural or English wine specialists

Wine subscription boxes have enjoyed huge success over the past year or so as drinkers were forced to shop online. The concept is simple - a wine delivery to your door at regular intervals, relieving you from having to choose from a shelf then lugging the bottles home.


Whether you want everyday, reliable wines that won’t scare the horses, or are looking to expand your usual wine horizons with unexpected bottles from unexpected places, here are some of the best options around.

If you're ready to start trying new wines, read our guide to ordering wine online and consider a decanter to let top quality wine breathe - we've gathered the best decanters to get you started.

It's not just wine you can subscribe to either - we've reviewed the best gin subscriptions and best coffee subscriptions too for regular deliveries no matter your favourite drink.

Laithwaites, from £65 for 12 bottles

Laithwaite’s has been delivering wine for more than 50 years, selling dependable, no-nonsense wines at reasonable prices. There are plenty of wine subscription choices to choose from, as well as craft beer options, along with exclusive offers and tasting events for members.

An introductory Season’s Favourites offer of 12 bottles of wine (in six pairs of all white, all red or mixed), four Dartington Crystal wine tumblers, tasting notes and free delivery costs only £65, representing a claimed £100+ saving on normal prices. Our box included a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region, bursting with zesty tropical fruit, and a classic oak-aged red rioja by Barón de Barbón.

You can also upgrade to the Unlimited option for an annual payment of £24 which gives free delivery on any order, even if it’s just one bottle, or Premiere Membership for £50 which gets you two free bottles of wine whenever you order 12 or more. Any wines you don’t like will be refunded in full. Overall, Laithwaite’s offers reliable wines from established wineries that will appeal to those most comfortable with familiar regions and styles of wines.

Read our full review of the Laithwaites wine club here.

Six wine bottles Laithwaites

The Wine List, from £19 a month

The Wine List offers a monthly wine subscription that includes access to Wine Roots, a comprehensive 12-month course for amateur enthusiasts to teach you as you taste at home.
Choose from four monthly options, from three glasses of different wines for £19 (each packed in nifty 125ml pouches that can be posted through a letterbox) to a luxurious 12 bottles for £195 – then start the Wine Roots course with your first delivery.
The wine course starts with the basics of how to smell and taste wine, then covers the principles of wine-making, as well as the different grapes, regions and styles, month by month. Each wine subscription comes with an info-packed booklet for the wine course, useful tasting cards to help you analyse each wine and ideas for food matching. The wines are unusual but very drinkable, mostly made with indigenous grapes from lesser-known regions.
The Wine List subscription is a great-value choice (with lots of online extras) for those who want to learn the basics of winemaking, while drinking wines not found on supermarket shelves. Read our full review of The Wine List subscription here.
The Wine List wine subscription

Oranj wine subscription, from £60 a month

When Oranj couldn't open as planned as a natural wine bar in London in 2020, the Oranj monthly wine subscription service was launched instead, along with an online wine shop. Haven't tried natural wine before? Read our guide to natural wine for everything you need to know.

Monthly boxes contain either two or five bottles, priced at £60 or £120. Expect the unexpected from Oranj’s groovy range of natural wines, with the box curated by a different sommelier or foodie each month. ­In the May case we tested, the wine selection is picked by Pete Kelly of Hackney’s Chinese-inspired restaurant Lucky & Joy and includes a Sauvignon Blanc/Müller Thurgau/Muscat blend from Germany’s Staffelter Hof and a great Zweigelt/Blaufränkisch rosé by esteemed maker Judith Beck.

Wines come simply packaged with an artist-designed poster, and a booklet with tasting notes, food matching suggestions and recipes. Subscribers also get access to virtual tasting and cook-a-long events and a 10% discount on their online shop prices.

The Oranj club offers a little bit of everything, with a happy mash-up of wine, food, art and music. Read our full review of the Oranj wine subscription here.

Oranj wine subscription

Brixton Wine Club, from £16 a month

If you want to try new wines and branch out from what you know but are worried about buying a bottle you won’t love, a Brixton Wine Club subscription could be the answer. With the slogan ‘not your Mum and Dad’s wine club’, Brixton Wine Club specialises in canned wines.

There are six wine subscription options to choose from: white, red, rosé, sparkling and low-alcohol, plus a canned cocktail box. You can also choose to receive three, four or six cans a month. We choose the ‘Juice Box’ subscription, containing a mix of white, red, rosé and sparkling wines. Boxes are available as a one-off delivery or three-, six- or 12-month subscriptions, can be cancelled any time and start at £16 a month for three cans.

Our ‘Juice Box’ arrives with six cans (two whites, two rosés, a red and a spritz) snuggly tucked in slim cardboard packaging and accompanied by simple tasting notes. The varied selection included a Ramona dry sparkling rosé and a fruity First Crush syrah red. As well as the practicality of getting to taste new wines without commitment, there’s the environmental benefit – cans are lighter than bottles to transport and easily recyclable.

Overall, Brixton Wine Club offers an affordable, fun way to try new wines without committing to whole bottles. A subscription would be particularly great for summer – perfect for taking cans to the park and on picnics.

Read our full review of the Brixton Wine Club here.

Brixton Wine Club box

Corkk wine subscription, from £48 a month

Based in the Kentish Downs and surrounded by vineyards and wine makers, Corkk are on a mission to champion English wine, especially smaller, artisanal producers. They’re doing this via their Corkk Club, which offers still, sparkling or mixed cases of wine curated by Master of Wine and English wine expert Clive Barlow.

The strength of the Corkk Club is the many options available. Choose from still, sparkling or mixed cases on a monthly (£48 a month for still, £85 for sparkling, £60 for mixed), quarterly (£49 every 3 months for still, £90 for sparkling, £62 for mixed) or six-month basis. You can also customise how many bottles you receive in each box, with options for three, six and 12 bottles.

We chose a three-bottle box, which arrived in minimal (yet still secure) plastic-free packaging, alongside lengthy descriptions and tasting notes for each wine. We loved the wines we were sent, including Wiltshire’s fresh and zingy Whitehall Vineyard bacchus 2019 with appealing elderflower and green apple notes; and a crisp, lively Simpsons Wine Estate Gravel Castle chardonnay from Kent.

With a wide range of price points, this is an accessible wine subscription and a great way to get more in-depth knowledge of English wine, as well as supporting smaller, local winemakers and vineyards.

Read our full review of the Corkk wine subscription here.
Corkk wine subscription

Wine of England wine subscription, £55 a month

Wine of England is an English wine specialists that lists nearly 100 wines on its online shop, mostly from lesser-known wineries, as well as this monthly two-bottle subscription.
Each no-choice delivery contains one sparkling and one premium still wine, and costs £55 with free delivery.Wines arrive with comprehensive tasting notes, a guide to tasting sparkling wines, and seasonal recipes designed to match the wines. We received two bottles from the excellent Simpsons wine estate in Kent, including the UK’s first still wine made from the pinot meunier grape that’s most usually used in sparkling wines.
This is a classy introduction to English wine for those who wish to delve beyond the most famous names found on wine shop shelves. Read our full review of the Wine of England subscription here.
A Wine of England box with two bottles of wine and information cards

Abel & Cole cheese and wine club, £11 a week

Abel & Cole, the organic box scheme giant, offer a weekly Cheese and Wine Club, a simple subscription that is an easy add-on to their regular box schemes.

Currently there are only two wines – red or white – offered, but they are both from the excellent Purato winery in Sicily whose ‘green to the extreme’ philosophy ticks all the sustainability boxes – organic, carbon neutral, vegan, and packaged in 100% recycled and recyclable materials. While the wine stays the same, it’s the cheese that changes each week – we received a big wedge of Wyfe of Bath cheese in perfect condition. Abel & Cole are pioneers of low-plastic and compostable packaging and their boxes are returnable for re-use.

At £11, this combination is £2 cheaper than ordering the items separately and is great value for everyday drinking with cheese alongside.

Read our full review of the Abel & Cole cheese and wine club here.

Abel & Cole Cheese & Red Wine Club

Peckham Cellars 'Club Del Vino' wine subscription, from £80 a month

Peckham Cellars is a neighbourhood restaurant and wine shop that opened in south-east London in 2019 and quickly moved to online wine sales when covid struck. It’s just launched a monthly wine club subscription, Club Del Vino.

Each month’s selection is based on a theme: a country, region or wine style. Opt for four bottles for £80 or six for £120, then choose all reds, all whites or a mixed case that might include sparkling and/or orange wines.

The emphasis is on wines from small producers using low-intervention techniques, with a fair smattering of funky natural wines. Our box includes a cracking fizz made with indigenous grapes by famed Portuguese winemaker Filipa Pato. Wines arrive with tasting notes, food pairing suggestions and lovely recipes to suit each one.

Club Del Vino membership gives access to exclusive tastings and events and 10 per cent off in the wine shop (both online and in store) and Peckham Cellars restaurant. Geared towards adventurous drinkers with a sense of fun, this is a really engaging (and engaged) wine club.

Read our full review of the Peckham Cellars wine subscription here.

Peckham Cellars wine club

Crispin wine subscription, from £55 for 3 bottles

Crispin is a restaurant and natural wine bar in London’s Spitalfields. Its wide range of wine club subscription boxes offer unusual wines from modern European winemakers.

Ordering is easy with lots of flexibility: opt for three bottles for £55 or five bottles for £90, and choose from white and orange, all red or a mixed case that can be delivered every two, four, six or eight weeks.

Wines are chosen by in-house sommelier Stefano Cazzato and focus on natural, biodynamic and low-intervention wines from small producers and cooperatives using old-world indigenous and rare grape varieties. Our box includes a skin-contact vinho verde aged in clay amphorae from the pioneering Aphros winery in Portugal, along with tasting notes via email. Subscribers also receive a 20% discount code for dining at either of Crispin’s restaurants.

Crispin offers brave wines for brave drinkers – an excellent way to explore the world of natural wines for yourself or as a present for a fortunate friend.

Read our full review of the Crispin wine subscription here.
Crispin wine club

The Sourcing Table wine subscription, from £120 quarterly

The Sourcing Table is an off-shoot of Indigo Wines, one of the UK’s most respected importers, which has been tracking down really exciting wines for nearly 20 years. Quarterly wine club subscription boxes bring you top-quality wines that were previously only available in restaurants and independent wine shops.

It is easy to subscribe online: simply choose to receive either six (£120) or 12 bottles (£240) selected by wine-experts every quarter, which is around 15% cheaper than buying the wines individually.

The Sourcing Table buy most of their wines directly from winemakers, many of whom work with organic and/or biodynamic principles. Our favourites were a wonderful dry riesling from Vignoble du Rêveur in Alsace, and Patapon, a joyously fresh natural red made from the unusual Pineau d’Aunis grape in the Loire. Members get assigned a personal wine guru who get to know their preferences so can guide them in future purchases, as well as access to monthly live tasting and Q&A sessions with winemakers and 10% off any other purchases.

This wine subscription is equally good for those already geeky about wine, or for those hungry to learn but without much knowledge.

Read our full review of The Sourcing Table wine subscription here.

Sourcing Table wine club

The Wine Society wine subscription, from £85 for 12 bottles

The Wine Society is a highly-regarded member-owned co-operative – life membership costs a one-off £40 joining fee, of which £20 is refundable against your first order of whatever you buy. Their Wine Without Fuss subscription boxes offer flexible plans to suit all tastes and pockets, while their Vintage Cellar Plans are aimed at more serious wine collectors.

Signing up is easy, then you’re spoilt for choice. There are five Wines Without Fuss options, with 12-bottle cases priced from £85 to £149. Choose all reds, all whites or a mixed case, or customise your own plan, including deciding how often you want to receive a case. Wines arrive with tasting notes and food-matching suggestions. In addition, the website has an enormous amount of information on every bottle and winemaker.

With customer service and wines that never miss a beat, the Wines Without Fuss subscription service does just what it says on the tin, whichever option you choose.

Read our full review of The Wine Society wine subscription here.

The Wine Society wine subscription

Provisions wine subscription, from £105 a month

Based at its shop in North London, Provisions imports wine, cheese and other artisan food products from specialist makers in Europe. Its newly launched wine subscription scheme offers ‘learn while you drink’ natural wine experiences through its monthly wine boxes.

Choose from a one-off case of six wines for £120 or sign up for three, six or 12 months and pay £115, £110 or £105 per month respectively.

Each monthly case is themed, whether from a particular region, grape variety or style. Our month’s theme was orange wine and was a great introduction to these sometimes challenging but very food-friendly wines. There’s an immaculate sauvignon blanc from Slovakia and a nutty and complex 2009 ugni blanc from Château Tour Blanc in Gascony. Shipping is free and comes with a booklet giving details of the wines and their makers along with great food-pairing ideas.

Overall, the Provisions wine box offers really interesting wines from very good makers, with the 12-month subscriptions offering good value for money.


Read our full review of the Provisions wine subscription here.

Provisions wine subscription

Rebellious Goods wine subscription, from £60 a month

Rebellious Goods is a natural wine and craft beer/cider specialist with online offerings and a no-frills monthly subscription service. Choose from monthly changing options of three bottles for £60 or six bottles for £120.

Rebellious Goods imports many of its wines directly from the makers so expect exclusive bottles not found elsewhere. Our favourites in our box both came from Germany – Voyage Voyage, a bright and crunchy pinot noir made with wild yeasts and bottled unfiltered by Leiner; and a really zingy double-fermented cider made with three apple varieties by Klaar in Hamburg. Brief details of the wines are sent by email to save on paper inserts, and the packaging is all recyclable.

The Rebellious Goods subscription is one for those who want groovy drinks just for the pleasure without getting bogged down in details of how they’re made or where they come from.

Read our full review of the Rebellious Goods wine subscription here.

Rebellious Goods wine subscription

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