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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.