Aimee O'Keefe
19 Best Wine Clubs and Subscriptions in Australia | Man of Many
Whether you are a pinot person or more of the prosecco persuasion, there is a wine subscription service to cater for your needs. In fact, for many of them, that’s precisely their selling point. As the battle for vino supremacy heats up, more delivery wine options are springing up, some with digital sommeliers to sweeten the deal. While purchasing online and having them shipped to your door might not live up to the lived experience of hitting the cellar doors in the Barossa Valley or Hunter, convenience is a modern advantage. If you want to know what’s good in terms of wine, we’ve gone through the very lot of them and jotted down our thoughts. Here is a list of the best wine subscriptions in Australia.
The Best Wine Clubs and Subscriptions in Australia
Vinomofo prides itself on its affordability and not taking wine too seriously, which is pretty refreshing if you ask us. After testing out the program, we found that the mystery box concept is actually a winner. When you sign up, you don’t actually know what bottles of wine will turn up on your doorstep! While that may sound risky, you definitely found ourselves testing out varieties that we otherwise would have ignored. In fact, after a few months, you certainly find yourself looking forward to whatever lucky door prize is awaiting you at home. There are two main choices; the Mofo Club or the Black Market club. We suggest choosing the Black Market club if you like taking a stab in the dark!
1. Vinomofo
Naked wines are one of Australia’s best wine clubs if you’re looking to support local independent winemakers. For just $40 a month, get a curated selection of fine wines without having to do any of the hard thinking. The website is a little clunky and doesn’t have the best user experience, however, you can knock the wine selection that they have on hand. Beware, make sure you clarify if you want a one-off subscription, otherwise, you can expect $40 to come out of your bank each month!
2. Naked Wines
Affordable wine sent to your door with trusted expertise, Wine Selectors has you sorted. We rated this option highly as it’s one of the best cheap wine subscriptions on the market, with membership starting from as little as $22 a year. You’d be surprised by the wine connoisseur you’ll become- the membership including extensive tasting notes and invites to exclusive events. It offers a pre-selected wine club or a customised one, and with a 100 per cent satisfaction guarantee and flexible membership, this is looking like a pretty good option.
3. Wine Selectors
One for the more classy drinker, Good Pair Days is a subscription service with a strong focus on tailoring to the buyer’s individuals tastes. To do this, it includes a palate quiz to make sure you get the best wines for your taste buds! We were surprised to find that recommendations were almost always spot on, however, there is always going to be a few hit and miss situations. Nevertheless, there are also personal recommendations and food pairings to get you started on your wine-connoisseur journey. There are plenty of package options and no lock-ins.
4. Good Pair Days
Wine Journey claims it strives to foster connections between wine lovers and Australian vineyards, and we’re here for it. Their curations share knowledge and passion while helping you experience the wide and wonderful world of wine from the comfort of your home. The brand offers expertly curated wine adventures in a box. Complete with six wines, maker notes, and knowledge tapped straight from the locals.
5. Wine Journey
Proudly Australian, Qantas Wine Club works with over 200 Australian wineries to deliver you the very best of our nation’s wine. If you love the delicious drops served to you on your Qantas flight and like a lot of us, don’t know when you’ll next be back in the air, fear not as you can experience the luxury at home! They have three subscription offers with each delivered every three months. You can also earn up to 10,000 bonus points per case. Almost as good as a quarterly holiday!
6. Qantas Wine Club
Aside from the god-tier pun in the name, Dan Picked is actually a seriously impressive service. Helmed by the team at Dan Murphy’s the wine delivery option allows you to pick and choose the very best from the monster catalogue, selecting your favourites along the way. After testing it out ourselves, we found that the selection is far greater than any other wine subscription service on the market, however, it’s mainly comprised of your stock-standard labels. The price is definitely a major selling point and you can sneak away with a few handy drops for a fraction of some of the more boutique brands on this list. We recommend this option for anyone who hasn’t used a wine subscription before.
7. Dan Picked
Celebrating the diverse flavours of South Australian wine, Alpha Box is a wine club based in McLaren Vale that supports local South Australian winemakers. Each letter in the wine collection embodies an individual winemaking project. The Australian wine club is super flexible and reasonable at $75 for a three-pack or $150 for a 6 six-pack.
8. Alpha Box
We had the pleasure of trying out the Italian Wine Society recently and can confirm their selection of premium Italian wine is arguably the best in the country. Subscriptions start from $240/ 2-months and range up to $550/ month for their top selection ‘Esplorando L’Italia’ club that brings a custom, privately consulted, selection of six exquisite Italian wine bottles delivered to your door. Principal Sommelier at Italian Wine Society, Daniel Marcella, has a long list of qualifications, including certification by Vinitaly International Academy as an Italian Wine Ambassador and Educator.
9. Italian Wine Society
Known for its abundance of wine labels, East End Cellars is one of Australia’s best wine clubs and stores. Delivered Quarterly, East End aims to provide value and quality wine in their box of 12 curated wines. Each box is valued at over $280 but you can get it for $240. This is most likely much less if you were to add up all your trips to the bottle-o!
10. East End Cellars
A frequent subscription service for those avid wine drinkers, The Weekly Drop is the oenophiles’ dream. Each week it also recommends two of its favourite wines, so you’ll always have the variety that’s needed. Better yet, this wine subscription has a sustainable focus- for every box sold, a tree is planted.
11. The Weekly Drop
Different Drop is all about ease and convenience, with a heavy focus on rare and artisan wines. This is one of the best wine clubs for the busy people of Australia, and it comes at a cost- $175 for each box, but determined to your schedule. As a bonus, you can skip or cancel at any time so no need to stress, just drink up!
12. Different Drop
New kid on the block, The Borough Box is the trendiest wine subscription in town for all the Sydney-siders and Melbournians they deliver to. This service has a passion for natural wines as well as sustainable, biodynamic wines that are sourced from all over the world. A monthly subscription box will set you back $180.
13. The Borough Box
Celebrate Friday’s the right way with a delivery of six bottles from P&V, handpicked and stress-free. Seeking out the best natural and organic wines, this Australian wine subscription will have your hangover-free with its abundance of natural wine options! Located in Sydney’s trendy Inner-west, they deliver all over Australia for just $150 a month.
14. P&V Merchants
The Mr West subscription service introduced its Good Booze Project, which is dedicated to tracking down the most talented independent producers. It’s sharp attention to detail and rare finds make it one of the best wine clubs and subscription services in Australia. There are three options, so there’s something to suit every budget.
15. Good Booze Project
An Australian family-owned business, Wine Direct is one of the best wine clubs for supporting our local Aussie drops and business. This wine club has been around for the long haul, which means that they know what they’re doing when it comes to selecting and delivering the best wines with precision. They always have new specials and so many options to choose from- you’ll never be left dry.
16. Wine Direct
Ever heard of Merivale? Like most of us, if you have, you know they are all about quality so expect nothing less from its dedicated online wine shop. The Bottle Shop relies on a team of expert sommeliers who craft collections of the finest wines from across the globe. The collections are regularly rotated so you always have something new to try and help you on your journey to find your perfect drop.
17. The Bottle Shop
With a real Melbourne-centirc focus, The Local Drop is a wine club that takes a firmly grassroots approach. We came across a bunch of labels we had never heard of before, which was great to test out some of Australia’s unknown gems. You will receive a personal sommelier who will pick six wines every month, curated specially to suit your palate. The Melbourne-based service prioritises Australian wine and dabbles with top international brands too. Expect a combination of red, white and mixed varieties for $175 a month.
18. The Local Drop
Cloudwine is one of Australia’s leading independent wine stores, perfect for those who prefer boutique wines and small Australian wineries. This is also reflected in their style, with each wine being hand-picked for you in their South Melbourne store based on your budget, taste and your personal chosen schedule. If you subscribe with Cloudwine, expect to pay a little more, but it’s worth it to get your hands on some of Australia’s best.
19. Cloudwine
When it comes to unearthing the best wine subscription service, there is much to consider. Some brands will specialise in certain varieties, while others will hone in on budget. Here is what you need to keep front of mind before you sign up for a new wine club service.
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