A tasty bottle of wine doesn’t always have to strain your wallet. There’s great value to be found around the world, with many wine regions producing quality pours at incredible bargains. And by that, we mean priced at $10 or less a bottle.
Countries like Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa are already known for pumping out delicious, yet well-priced, everyday wines. But even regions with a more premium vibe, like California, Italy and France, offer value options as well. Here’s how to spot a good-value bottle: Look for broad, region-wide appellations instead of the geographically smaller, more focused ones. For example, instead of Napa Cab, seek out a California AVA red. Similarly, if Chianti Classico is a bit too pricy, but you still want Sangiovese, look for reds labeled Toscana IGT.
Certainly, you have plenty of options from which to choose. From racy, herbal Sauvignon Blanc to plush Chardonnay and full-bodied reds, here are 11 bottles from around the world priced at $10 or less.
Best Red Wines Under $10
Oak Grove 2021 Pinot Noir (California)
This is a well-balanced and simply enjoyable Pinot Noir. Find notes of wild strawberry, cranberry juice, black cherry, rhubarb, vanilla, Brazil nut and nut skins. Tannins are a tad coarse, but there’s high enough acidity to cut through and add a refreshing quality. Best Buy. 89 Points. — Stacy Briscoe$ Varies Wine-Searcher
Dark Horse 2021 Pinot Noir (California)
This riper, darker expression of Pinot Noir gives off aromas and flavors of both red and black fruits—plum, cherry, boysenberry and marionberry—along with oak tones of chocolate and earthy notes of forest floor and mushroom. 89 Points. — S.B.$10 Total Wine & More
Best White Wines Under $10
Avantis 2022 Avantis Estate Historia White (Evia)
Notes of white peach, apricot and papaya underscore bright lemon aromas in this straw-colored Assyrtiko-Viognier blend. The tart, easy-going palate is pleasantly structured, with citrus and stone-fruit flavors peeking through its racy acidity. Best Buy. 90 Points — Emily Saladino$ Varies Wine-Searcher
Canyon Oaks 2021 Chardonnay (California)
Fruits and florals meet savory in this bang-for-the-buck, appetizing Chardonnay. Find notes of just-ripe yellow peach and nectarine, jasmine and cherry blossom, biscuit and pastry cream, sprinkled with fennel, cardamom and nutmeg. Perfect for a casual, Parmesan-topped pasta night at home. Best Buy. 89 Points. — S.B.$7 Total Wine & More
Veramonte 2021 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Casablanca Valley)
Herbs and lime appear on the nose of this fresh and lively white. It’s medium bodied with vibrant acidity. Citrus and green flavors are intense leading to a lemony finish. It’s great value. Best Buy. 89 Points— J.V.$10 Wine.com
Anselmo Mendes 2021 Muros Antigos Alvarinho Alvarinho (Vinho Verde)
A dense wine from the Minho Valley, this delivers swathes of white-fruit flavors. The wine has great acidity, bright fruitiness and potential richness as it matures. Drink from 2023. 92 Points — Roger Voss$ Varies Wine-Searcher
Does the Price of Wine Indicate Quality?
Not always. Some very good wines are surprisingly affordable. Check out our Top 100 Best Buys of 2022 for more budget-friendly options.
Does Cheap Wine Give You a Worse Hangover?
It’s hard to say. There are many factors at play when it comes to whether or not you’ll get a hangover. Symptoms are largely dependent on how much wine you’ve consumed, how hydrated you are and how much residual sugar was in the wine. Some wine drinkers also report adverse reactions from consuming wines that contain sulfites, histamines or biogenic amines, or that are made with chemicals or additives. Regardless, none of these things necessarily correlate with price.
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This article was updated on June 26, 2023
Last Updated: July 10, 2023