Are you looking for an easy way to try new wines from around the world? A wine of the month club might be exactly what you’re looking for?

With many of these companies offering monthly deliveries of curated wines, you can try new reds, whites, blends, and more without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home or take a wild guess at your local wine store. It can be a great way to expand your palette, have some wine for regular get togethers with friends, or just drink and explore new wines by yourself.

However, with so many wine clubs to choose from, it can be pretty tough to decide which one is right for you. Not all wine clubs are created equal. In fact, there are a lot of wine clubs that are nothing more than just ways for companies to clear out all the old wine that they have.

To help you make the right decision when choosing a club, we’re sharing everything you need to know about 24 of the best wine clubs that are currently available.

1. Winc

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  • Starting Price: $13 per bottle
  • Shipping: Free
  • Grade: A+

Winc was founded back in 2012 by Xander Oxman and Geoff McFarlane. Striving for a way to make wine more accessible to consumers, they teamed up with a sommelier named Brian Smith. Together, they crafted Winc, their monthly wine club that delivers a selection of wines based on your personal tastes.

To ensure you receive wines you’ll love, you are prompted to take a six-question quiz that they’ve created. This allows Winc to learn about your personal taste preferences so they can send wines that are specifically chosen to match your palate. Once you start receiving wines and tasting them, you can add a rating on their website. Those ratings help them to provide even better recommendations for you.

Your monthly order starts at just $13, which gets you four bottles of wine. The exact price you pay each month will vary though. Sometimes you will receive more expensive wines, which will increase the price a bit. There are also local tax rates you’ll have to pay as well.

2. The California Wine Club

  • Starting Price: $19.98 per bottle
  • Shipping: $14 to most states
  • Grade: B+

What makes The California Wine Club special is that they’re focused on small, family wineries throughout California. They’ve been doing so since 1990, when the company was founded by Bruce and Pam Boring.

Each month, they hand-select a variety of wines from small vineyards around the state and they’re delivered right to your door.

There’s no quiz to complete or anything like that. You’re simply putting your trust into the experts behind The California Wine Club. However, you are able to choose between red and white wine or a combination of both. They also have a “Love It Guarantee,” which allows you to replace a bottle that just wasn’t your personal tastes.

To get started, you’ll have to choose between their five different wine club levels. The Premier Series starts at $39.95, the Signature Series starts at $134, the International Series starts at $71, the Aged Cabernet Series starts at $231, and the Pacific Northwest Series starts at $77.

3. Bright Cellars

Bright Cellars
  • Starting Price: $15 per bottle
  • Shipping: $8
  • Grade: A

Founded in 2014, Richard Yau and Joe Laurendi created Bright Cellars from their own passion for wine. It’s a monthly wine club that is curated to your own tastes and then delivered to you. You’ll be able to try a variety of wines without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.

To ensure you receive a selection of wines that suits your tastes, there’s a quiz you’ll have to complete before placing your first order. You’ll be asked questions that may seem silly but actually help them understand your taste preferences. For example, there are questions about your chocolate preferences, how you like your tea, and where you like to drink your wine. All of this helps them select the wines you’re much more likely to fall in love with. Like Winc, you’ll have the ability to rate the wines you receive, which will also help to better match you with the right wines in the future.

Your monthly order from Bright Cellars will get you four bottles of wine. This will cost you $60 per box to receive wines from all around the world.

4. WSJwine

WSJ Wine Club
  • Starting Price: $4.67 per bottle (goes up to $12.50 per bottle after first order)
  • Shipping: $19.99
  • Grade: B-

From The Wall Street Journal, WSJwine sends you 12 expertly selected wines every three months. To make sure you receive wines that suit your tastes, you can choose between a box of all red wine, just white wine, or a mixture of both. You can share which wine styles you like and which ones you don’t like to customize the box to your palate. However, if there’s ever something you don’t like, they provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee that promises a full refund.

You can get started with WSJwine for just $69.99 for 15 bottles. However, the price increases to $149.99 after the first order.

5. Wine Awesomeness

Wine Awesomeness
  • Starting Price: $15 per bottle
  • Shipping: Free
  • Grade: A

If you’re looking for an easy way to discover new wines, Wine Awesomeness is another option to consider. Every month, you’ll receive a curated selection of wine, plus a customized magazine to learn more about each one.

The real fun and uniqueness of Wine Awesomeness is that every box has a specific theme. In the past, they’ve had themes such as “Portugal” and “Grilled Cheese” (yes, you read that right). You’ll receive your selection of wines, the magazine, as well as recipe pairings and tasting notes.

Wine Awesomeness starts at just $45 per month. This gets you three bottles of wine, making each bottle cost $15. If you need a little more, you can also choose to get six bottles of wine for $75. You’ll pay $12.50 for each bottle. They also offer complimentary shipping on all orders, which helps save you a little extra cash.

6. 90+ Cellars

90+ Cellars
  • Starting Price: $16.67 per bottle
  • Shipping: $19.99
  • Grade: A-

Seeking a way to bring high-quality wines to consumers for a better price, Kevin Mehra founded 90+ Cellars back in 2009. The premise behind his company was to purchase extra wine from wineries, put it in his own bottle, and sell it for less. It provided a wine for wineries to sell their wine, while consumers get access to quality bottles for a lower cost.

Today, 90+ Cellars works with wineries and vineyard from around the globe to bring their customers the best value possible. You have the ability to join their quarterly wine club, which send either three or six bottle straight to your door. Or you can order individual bottles directly from the shop on their website.

For the quarterly wine club, three bottles will cost you $50 per order. Six bottles will cost you $96. Shipping is always free, which helps you keep a little cash in your pocket!

7. Gold Medal Wine Club

Gold Medal Wine Club
  • Starting Price: $19.50 per bottle
  • Shipping: $19.99
  • Grade: A-

With over 25 years in the wine business, Gold Medal Wine Club has a bit of a different mission from others. Instead of choosing just the wines that are suited to your palate, their wine club wines have to meet a very strict criteria they’ve created. The wines they pick for you will have received multiple medals from major wine competitions, as well as high ratings from a variety of publications.

Gold Medal Wine Club currently has six different wine club levels…

  1. Gold Wine Club: For $39 per month you’ll receive two or more award winning wines from California’s best boutique wineries.
  2. Platinum Wine Club: For $89 per month you’ll receive two or more “ultra-premium” and rare wines from California’s top wine makers.
  3. Garagiste Wine Club: For $75 per month you’ll receive two or more curated, small-lot wines artisan winemakers (not limited to California).
  4. Pinot Noir Wine Club: For $74 per month you’ll receive two or more top ranked Pinot Noir red wines.
  5. Diamond Wine Club: For $179 per quarter you’ll receive the worlds highest rated (93+), premium-level, collectable wines. This wine club level is limited to only 500 recipients.
  6. International Wine Club: For $75 per quarter you’ll receive three exclusive imported wines from around the world.

Needless to say, Gold Medal Wine Club is easily the most comprehensive premium-level wine club around.

8. Cellars Wine Club

Cellars Wine Club
  • Starting Price: $29 per bottle
  • Shipping: Free
  • Grade: A

Cellars Wine Club was founded in Washington state in 1999 by husband and wife duo, Mark Ihrig and Holly Ihrig. Mark already ran a brick-and-mortar wine shop, but together they were able to bring the business into the digital age through an online store. Through their partnerships with some world-class winemakers, they’re able to bring quality wines straight to their customers.

To ensure your order best suits your needs, there are a variety of subscriptions you can choose from. There’s no quiz to complete or anything like that for them to select your wines.

One of the main differentiators between Cellars Wine Club and the others is that they allow you to customize your shipment by the number of total deliveries you’d like to receive (ongoing until cancelled or less), the frequency (monthly, every other month, or quarterly), and even what month you’d like to start receiving wines.

Cellars Wine Club currently has twelve different curated wine clubs…

  1. Bottle Club: For $29 per shipment you’ll receive one bottle of red or white wine that has been picked by their wine experts.
  2. Premium Club: For $42 per shipment you’ll receive two bottles of one red and one white, both reds, or both whites from Italy, France, and other wine “hotspots”.
  3. International Club: For $49 per shipment you’ll receive two wines from regions across the world.
  4. Sweet Club: For $49 per shipment you’ll receive two sweet white, rosé, red, or sparkling wines.
  5. West Coast Club: For $49 per shipment you’ll receive two high-quality wines from the west coast. This includes wineries in California, Washington state, and Oregon.
  6. Sparkling Club: For $55 per shipment you’ll receive two curated sparkling wines from around the world. This club features mainly white wines but also rosé and some red sparkling wines.
  7. Red Trio Club: For $59 per shipment you’ll receive three red wines from limited-release bottles and boutique vineyards.
  8. Natural Club: For $65 per shipment you’ll receive two wines made with minimal additives, making them as natural as possible.
  9. 90+ Point Club: For $79 per shipment you’ll receive two incredibly high-quality wines (Old World or New) that all rank 90 points or above on various wine scales.
  10. Premium Case Club: For $139 per quarter you’ll receive twelve bottles of wine (red and/or white, your choice) from all over the world. One of the key benefits of the Premium Case Club is the fact that it gets you the lowest price per bottle — $11.59 each.
  11. International Case Club: For $216 per quarter you’ll receive twelve bottles of wine (red and/or white) from “hot spots” around the world.
  12. 90+ Case Club: For $389 per quarter you’ll receive twelve bottles of the highest-quality wines around. Each of the wines must surpass 90 points on various wine ranking systems (e.g. Wine Spectator and Robert Parker).

9. Blue Apron Wine Club

Blue Apron Wine Club
  • Starting Price: $10 per bottle
  • Shipping: Included
  • Grade: B+

By now, you’ve probably heard of Blue Apron’s meal delivery services. But you may not have known that they also sell wine. Each month, you’ll receive six bottles of wine from renowned winemakers, delivered straight to your door. You can choose between all reds, all whites, or mix and match. With each order, you’ll also receive tasting notes, pairings, and the story behind each of the wines you receive.

Because their isn’t a quiz or anything to learn about your preferences, you’re trusting Blue Apron to make the selections for you.

10. Heartwood & Oak

Heartwood & Oak
  • Starting Price: $5.99 per bottle (introductory offer only)
  • Shipping: Free (introductory offer only)
  • Grade: B-

Another option for convenient wine delivery is Heartwood & Oak. With regular deliveries of premium wines, you’ll be able to keep your shelves stock with plenty of delicious, high-quality wines to enjoy. You simply have to choose whether you want red wine, white wine, or a mixed box.

Their special introductory price for 15 bottles of wine will cost you $89.99. There’s no additional cost for shipping either with this order. After that first order, you’ll receive 12 bottles of their best wines for $12.49 per bottle and $19.95 for shipping, which will arrive every 12 weeks.

Please note that after the introductory offer every 12 weeks you will receive 12 bottles of wine for $149.95 plus tax and $19.95 shipping & handling ($12.50 per bottle).

11. Wine Down Box

Wine Down Box
  • Starting Price: $70 per box (more than just wine)
  • Shipping: Free
  • Grade: A

If you’d like something tasty to chow on while you sip your wine, Wine Down Box is worth checking out. Instead of just receiving monthly deliveries of wine, you’ll also receive cheese and charcuterie pairings to enjoy with each glass.

The wine, cheese, and charcuterie pairings are hand-selected by the team at Wine Down Box each month. It’s then packed up to ensure freshness and delivered straight to your door.

There are four different subscription options for you to choose from, depending on what level of commitment you’d like to make. If you just want to try it out, you can choose the one month subscription, which costs $70 per box. Once you’ve decided you like it, you can increase your subscription length to save some cash. The three-month subscription is $68 per box, while the six-month subscription costs $65 per box, and the 12-month subscription is $63 for each box.

12. Wine Library

Wine Library
  • Starting Price: $55 per month (amount of bottles sent varies each month)
  • Shipping: Free
  • Grade: A

For those in the entrepreneurial world, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Gary Vaynerchuk. He started out working in his father’s brick-and-mortar wine shop in his teenage years and ultimately took the business online and majorly increased the amount of profit the business brought in. Now, he’s started the Gary Vee Monthly Wine Club through his father’s business, Wine Library.

You can receive one, two, three, or four bottles of wine with each delivery, depending on the month. Although what’s inside the box will change, the value will always be there. Gary has been able to secure 50% off or more of the combined retail price of the bottles of wine they offer.

You can get it for just $50 per month, which allows you to try new wines and see what you like. Each month, there will be a new wine tasting video that features Gary talking about the wines in your delivery.

13. Vinebox

  • Starting Price: $8.33 per “vile” (not a full bottle of wine)
  • Shipping: Free
  • Grade: A-

When it comes to trying wines, the last thing anyone wants to do is purchase a bottle only to find they absolutely hate it. Vinebox offers a solution to that. Instead of going out and purchasing a full bottle or having multiple bottles delivered to you, you’ll receive wines by the glass. With a single serving of wine, you’re able to try it without the waste.

To ensure you receive wines that you’ll enjoy, Vinebox has created a quiz to learn all about your preferences. They’ll then curate wines based on your palate and send them to you by the glass. Each month, you’ll receive three or six different wines to try. By rating and reviewing each wine you receive, your monthly order gets even more tailored to your tastes. And if you find something you love, you can purchase full-size bottles directly from Vine Box.

The only negative is that the “viles” they send the wine in are very small and only fill about half of a regular wine glass. At $8.33 per glass of wine, this makes it a pretty expensive wine club.

14. Amazing Clubs Wine

Amazing Clubs Wine
  • Starting Price: $18.48 per bottle
  • Shipping: Free
  • Grade: A-

Amazing Clubs provides customers with a variety of options. They have a chocolate club, cheese club, beer club, and much more. However, their wine club has to be one of their most popular.

They provide you with two full-sized bottles of premium wine every single month. These will be hard-to-find wines from family-owned wineries across the globe. That means you’re going to be able to try wines you probably wouldn’t have been able to get your hands on otherwise.

There’s no wine or taste quiz to complete. Amazing Clubs will select the wines and send them straight to you.

With your order, you have the option to receive two reds, two whites, or a mix of both. No matter which subscription length you go with, you’re looking at a cost of $36.95 per month for each order.

15. Firstleaf

Firstleaf Wine Club
  • Starting Price: $5 per bottle (introductory price)
  • Shipping: $4.95
  • Grade: A

Phillip James founded Firstleaf in an effort to create the most customer-centric wine club there is. They’ve cut out the middlemen by working directly with the wineries and winemakers to provide the highest level of quality and value to their customers. This ensures you’ll receive top-notch wines at a fair price, so you don’t have to break the bank trying new wine.

Each of their wines are tailored specifically to customers personal preferences. You’ll start by telling Firstleaf all about your wine tastes. From there, you receive an introductory three-pack of wines based on your tastes.

Once you start rating the wines you receive, the selections will get even better because they’ll learn more about your palate. You also have the ability to preview and check wines before they ship out.

Your introductory order will provide you with three bottles of wine for only $19.95. The price for your monthly subscription will go up after your introductory box. The boxes you receive afterwards will contain six bottles of wine for $79 plus $9.95 for shipping and any additional tax.

16. Wine Crasher

Wine Crasher
  • Starting Price: $16.67
  • Shipping: $14.99 to $19.99 (depending on what state you live in)
  • Grade: A

Wine Crasher was founded by Niv Nissenson and Nancy O’Connell. Both had a passion for wine and the wine market, so it only seemed fitting that they would combine their skills to create a business together. They strive to deliver quality wines to their customers for the best value possible.

All of the wines they send out have been highly rated by some of the top critics, such as Robert Parker, Spectator, and Vinous. You can choose to receive three bottles of red, three bottles of white, six bottles of a mixed selection, or a box that’s specifically tailored to you.

Your cheapest option is the three bottle of white wine for $49.99, while three bottles of red wine will cost you $54.99. If you’d like a six-bottle order or a custom order, it’ll cost $109.99.

17. Martha Stewart Wine

Martha Stewart Wine Club
  • Starting Price: $8.33
  • Shipping: Starts at $9.99
  • Grade: A-

How would you like to receive a selection of wines have been personally chosen by Martha Stewart? If you do, you might want to sign-up for Martha Stewart Wine Co. You’ll receive a selection of Martha’s favorite wines, which can be perfectly paired to your Martha & Marley Spoon meal box.

The best part of Martha Stewart Wine is that if you don’t love the wine you receive, they’ll replace it for you at no additional cost.

You can choose to receive 6 or 12 bottles of wine delivered to your door every 6 or 8 weeks. You’ll also have the ability to choose between red wine, white wine, or a mix of both. If you choose six bottles per shipment, you’re looking at a cost of $8.33 per bottle, while 12 bottles will cost $7.48 per bottle.

18. Tasting Room

Tasting Room
  • Starting Price: $9.95 (for the tasting kit)
  • Shipping: $19.99
  • Grade: A

To get started with Tasting Room, they’ll send you six different mini-bottles of wine for you to try. Once you’ve tasted them, you’ll tell Tasting Room which ones you liked the best. From there, they’ll craft a personalized wine profile just for you. This indicates the styles and flavors you prefer so you can receive full bottles you’re sure to love.

You’ll then receive personalized shipments, which you can then rate afterwards. Rating your wines allows your selections to be improved over time. With Tasting Room, you can set your schedule, choose how many bottles you’d like to receive, select between red and white wines, and even preview your shipment and make swaps before it gets sent out.

When you take their quick wine survey, you’ll actually be able to save $30 on your wine tasting kit. That means you can taste those first six mini bottles of wine for less than $10.

19. Wine of the Month Club

Wine of the Month Club
  • Starting Price: $11.98 per bottle
  • Shipping: $9.75 to $60.01 (depending on bottle weights and state)
  • Grade: A

The Wine of the Month Club has been around since 1972, so it’s safe to say they’ve been in the wine business for a long time. Their monthly membership allows you to receive quality wines delivered straight to your door so you can try new flavors you’ve never experienced. What’s even better is that they have a variety of subscriptions you can choose from.

They offer the following different clubs…

  1. Classic Series Membership: For $37 per shipment you’ll receive two wines (both red, both white, or one of each). This is their original wine club that started when they first launched. It is also their most popular.
  2. California Wine Series Membership: For $43 per shipment you’ll receive two red wines from California’s most popular wine areas (e.g. Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, and Santa Barbara).
  3. Vintners Series Membership: For $48 per shipment you’ll receive two wines (both red, both white, or one of each) that are top of the line from their respective vineyards.
  4. Limited Series Membership: For $58 per shipment you’ll receive two “special occasion” wines.
  5. Cellar Series Membership: For $98-$161 per shipment you’ll receive six Classic, Vintners or Limited Series wines.
  6. Mystery Case Club: For $99 per shipment you’ll receive twelve hand selected mystery wines.
  7. Case Club Membership: For $152 per shipment you’ll receive twelve wines from the Classic Series and/or Vintners Series.
  8. Napa Series Membership: For $63 per shipment you’ll receive two wines (one red, white white, or only reds) from the popular Napa Valley.
  9. Bordeaux Series Membership: For $63 per shipment you’ll receive two wines (one red and one white or just reds) from the Bordeaux region of France.
  10. Rose Series Membership: For $53 per shipment you’ll receive two curated rose wines from around the world.
  11. Pinot Noir Series Membership: For $95 per shipment you’ll receive two hand selected Pinot Noir’s from around the world.

One of the big benefits of Wine of the Month Club is that they allow you to choose your shipping frequency. Wines can ship either monthly, every other month, or every third month.

20. SommSelect

  • Starting Price: $33.17 per bottle
  • Shipping: Up to $13
  • Grade: A

For sommelier selected wines, SommSelect should be your go-to. No matter your budget, you can get a sommelier’s knowledge and experience delivered to your home thanks to their monthly subscription service. And it’s all thanks to to co-founder and in-house Master Sommelier, Ian Cauble.

There are two different options for their monthly subscription service. You can choose the Blind Six, which is a blind tasting kit that features three reds and three whites. It’s meant to be educational so you can learn more about wines, explore their different unique tastes, and learn how to pair them. You can also choose the Somm 6, which is a monthly delivery of the team’s favorite wines. Both options cost $199.

21. Plonk Wine Club

Plonk Wine Club
  • Starting Price: $27.50 per bottle
  • Shipping: Free
  • Grade: A

If you’re on the hunt for unique, organic wines, check out Plonk Wine Club. The wines they offer go through a curation process to ensure each wine is high-quality and worth your attention. To tailor the service to your tastes, you’re able to choose between their Mixed Wine Club, the Red Wine Club, White Wine Club, Cabernet Club, Pinot Noir Club, and the Sauvignon Blanc Club.

You also have the ability to choose between two, four, or 12 wines per shipment. You’ll also receive a free corkscrew with your first order. Satisfaction is always guaranteed, so you don’t have to worry if you receive a wine you just don’t like. Pricing will depend on which club you choose to join and how many bottles you’d like per shipment.

22. Viticole Wine Club

  • Starting Price: Around $52.50 per bottle
  • Shipping: Not stated on site
  • Grade: A-

With the Viticole Wine Club, you’ll be able to receive monthly wine selections from Master Sommelier, Brian McClintic. Each wine in your order is exclusive to Viticole and have been curated from all around the world.

There are two options for the wine club, which includes the Viticole Wine Club and the 2.0 version of the club. With the regular version, you’ll receive two or three bottles of wine for $105, while the Viticole Wine Club 2.0 option gets you four to six bottles for $210.

23. Revel Wine Club

Revel Wine Club
  • Starting Price: $13 per bottle
  • Shipping: $10 or free if more than 3 bottles shipped
  • Grade: A

Revel was created by WX, which was formerly known as Winery Exchange. WX has made wine, beer, and spirits for over 15 years. With so much experience in the field, it seemed only fitting that they branched out into a wine club to provide great options to their customers.

Their team sources wine from some of the best vineyards and winemakers from around the world. You’ll customize your order based on the type of wine you want, how many bottles you’d like to receive, and how often you want deliveries. Within a few days, your wines will be waiting for you on your doorstep.

The total cost for your order depends on how many bottles of wine you want. For three bottles, you’re looking $39. Four bottles will cost $52, six bottles will cost $75, and 12 bottles costs $144.

24. Empathy Wines

Empathy Wines
  • Starting Price: $27 per bottle
  • Shipping: Free
  • Grade: A+

The main problem with wine is it can be costly. This leaves many potential wine enthusiasts left in the dust when they’re looking to expand their palate. That’s where Empathy Wines comes in. They’re a direct to consumer wine seller with an ambitious goal — cut out the middleman entirely so wine lovers get high quality wines at super-inexpensive prices. They’re headed by media-mogul Gary Vaynerchuck, who you may already be familiar with because he’s already been listed above (under Wine Library).

Their wine club currently offers three different plans depending on how many bottles you’d like to receive: Three shipments of three bottles, three shipments of six bottles, three shipments of twelve bottles. Rosé ships in  the spring, white wine ships in early summer, and red wine ships in the fall.

Benefits of Joining a Wine of the Month Club

There are a number of great monthly wine subscriptions on the market right now — our favorites covered above. Each one promises to deliver great wines straight to your doorstep, while allowing you to experience new flavors from all around the world. However, joining a wine club may or may not be the right decision. Let’s cover the top benefits of joining a wine of the month club and see if it aligns with what you’re looking for…

You’ll Receive Discounts on Your Wine

You’re going to receive a great deal on wine when you join a monthly club. That’s one of their main selling points and really the selling point of buying “in bulk”. Many of these businesses (like Winc and Empathy Wines) are often working directly with the winemakers to cut out the middle man, which ultimately lowers the cost for you without sacrificing quality. Your wine isn’t going from the vineyard to a distributor and then onto a retailer before it makes its way to you. Remember, at each of those steps, the wine gets marked up. Many wine clubs listed here are getting the wine from the vineyard and shipping it straight to your door. Plus, they may have extra incentives when joining that also keep the cost down for you. For instance, with a company like Empathy Wines, the more wine you buy from them, the more savings you’ll actually receive. Being a member can also get you exclusive invites to parties hosted by the company, which is a huge bonus.

You’ll Gain Access to Online-Only Bottles of Wine

Want to impress everyone with incredible wine that you can’t find at your local wine store? Well, that’s just another benefit of joining a wine of the month club. You’ll gain access to online-only wine that wouldn’t otherwise be accessible to you. It’s the perfect way to fill your wine fridge with all kinds of different varieties and feel like a VIP at the same time.

It’s a Great Opportunity to Expand Your Wine Knowledge

If you’ve been dreaming of becoming a wine connoisseur of sorts, a wine of the month club is a great way to do it. When you go to your local liquor store and pick up a bottle of wine, you aren’t really learning anything about it. Very rarely do they include much information about the wine, vineyard, location, history, etc. Plus, there’s no one to tell you what food the wine pairs well with! Let’s be honest, that’s half the fun of drinking wine anyway!

The great thing about these monthly clubs is that many of them provide incredibly detailed information about the wines you receive. You’ll not only get to learn about the wine and the vineyard (helping you to get to know your wine even better) they also provide information for flavor pairings, you can impress all of your friends and family on your next dinner night with the perfect wine and meal pairing.

Winc does this really well (which is why it’s one of our favorites)! They feature small-lot wines from around the world and work directly with the vineyards and winemakers whose products they offer. Each month, they include information like the story behind each bottle, as well as additional wine knowledge you can share with others.

You Can Explore Different Wines

Let’s face it… We are creatures of habit. And typically when we find a favorite food, drink, or anything else of the sort, we stick with it. Think about it for a second. Do you tend to order the same few dishes when you go to your favorite restaurant? I do! Is there a go-to drink you always have on your nights out with the girls? Probably!

I’m guessing the same thing likely happens when you go out to pick up a bottle of wine. You might buy the same ones over and over again because you know you like them. While there’s no chance you’ll be let down, doesn’t that get kind of boring after a while? Wouldn’t it be nice to be a bit more adventurous with your wine selection?

By joining a wine club, you’ll have the ability to explore a variety of unique wines. You’ll have the opportunity to try different types from various locations around the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to find new favorites you can bring into your wine collection or just have a fun time drinking them. The best part is that you can do so without breaking the bank since these clubs typically offer a good deal.

They Help You Find New Favorites

Another thing to keep in mind is that these services normally create a flavor profile for you. Many of them have some sort of introductory quiz that helps their algorithm figure out what kinds of wine you’d be most interested in. Then, you can rate the ones you receive afterwards so they get to know your preferences even better. This helps cut down on your chances of receiving something you’d dislike and increasing the odds you’ll be sent something that matches your flavor profile perfectly.

Firstleaf is designed in exactly this way. You take a quiz to determine your flavor profile, then they send you an introductory set of wines. From there, you use their rating system to share your feedback. By doing so, you improve each box you receive in the future as they get to know more about your preferences. Simple, but effective!

It’s a Great Excuse to Have Family & Friends Over

Sometimes we just need an excuse to break out a bottle of wine and invite some friends and family over for a good time. These wine clubs are perfect for that. Not only will you all be able to enjoy some great wine but you’ll can make it a point to learn about the different flavors, vineyards, history, etc. Take it a step further and serve the wine with the food that the wine club says to pair it with to really impress your guests.

What to Consider When Choosing a Wine Club

When putting together this overview of the top wine clubs, we wanted to be as methodical as possible in our approach. We started the process by researching wine of the month clubs and narrowing down our list by the following points/questions. Feel free to review them so you can make the most informed decision possible prior to your purchase…

How Many Bottles of Wine Will You Receive?

One of the things to consider is how many bottles of wine you’ll receive with each order, plus the frequency at which they’ll be delivered. But you’ll also want to look at a couple of other factors as well. For example, is there a minimum monthly bottle threshold that the service requires? And is that going to be too much or too little wine for you?

With Firstleaf, you’ll receive an introductory order that contains six bottles of wine at a discounted cost so that they can be priced competitively. From there on out, your future boxes will also contain six bottles of wine, but at a slightly higher price. You will have the ability to choose a delivery frequency of every one month, two months or three months though to customize this to your needs. On the flip side, with Winc, they only have a three bottle minimum.

Our goal was to include services on this list that had variable plans so you could choose the amount of bottles and frequency that fit you best, rather than being locked in to one plan.

How Much Will It End Up Costing Per Bottle?

Because we all want to make sure we’re getting a great price for our wine, it’s important to look at how much the service is going to cost. Although, you don’t just want to look at the overall cost that you’re paying for each delivery. You want to figure out about how much you’re paying per bottle of wine. That’s going to help you determine whether it’s a good deal or not.

For instance, Winc orders start at three bottles per month. That costs $39 plus an additional $9 for shipping. That ends up being about $13 for each bottle of wine, although it can change based on your wine choice and local tax rates. If you opt to order four bottles of wine, they waive the shipping fee. It’s up to you to decide if that’s a reasonable price you feel good about paying, however it does seem to be the standard price for a wine club.

The per-bottle cost (including shipping) is one of the most important aspects of choosing the right service. You don’t want to get price-gouged. We included wine clubs in this list that have set per-bottle costs that are not too expensive, yet not too cheap. There’s a variety in this list for budgets of all sizes.

Do You Have to Pay for Shipping?

These days, we are all used to the Amazon Prime life of free two-day shipping. Unfortunately, not everyone offers the free shipping luxury! Before you commit to a wine club, you’ll want to take a look at their shipping costs so you know exactly how much you’ll be spending on everything.

Is shipping included, thus saving you money? Or will there be a fee you have to pay for each wine delivery you receive? And if there is a fee, is it too expensive or right on par with what you’d expect? These things are important to consider because you don’t need to break the bank just to get some great wine!

Many of the wine clubs on this list (and in general) offer free shipping at a certain threshold. Meaning, you will need to order a specific amount of wine per shipment before the free shipping kicks in.

Do They Offer the Types of Wine You Usually Like?

When choosing a wine club, you need to make sure they offer the types of wines you normally like to drink. Are you someone who typically reaches for a Merlot for a Pinot Noir? Maybe you love a Sauvignon Blanc or a Malbec? Either way, you want to check out the types of wines they offer so you know they’ll have something you’ll love.

With Firstleaf, their club’s selections are constantly changing so they can deliver plenty of variety to their customers. You can be sure of the quality though, as their selections have won over 300 awards at various competitions. VINEBOX, however, focuses on organic and biodynamic wines, which makes them stand out among other competitors who don’t offer the same.

We tried to include wine clubs that had an eclectic mix of wines so you have the ability to choose.

What Are You Looking to Get Out of the Club?

For some people, they just want an easy way to refresh their wine fridge with monthly deliveries that’ll come straight to their door. And if that’s you, then perfect! These clubs are great for that because you don’t have to worry about picking something up at your local liquor store. You can sit back and wait for deliveries to arrive so you can enjoy a nice glass of a wine on a regular basis.

However, there are some people who want more out of their wine club. Perhaps you’re merely looking for a way to expand your tastes when it comes to wine. Maybe you’re always buying the same old bottles, but you’re ready to try something different and find new favorites. A wine club is great for this because you’ll be provided with different varieties to test out.

But if you’d like to join a service that educates you on the bottles of wine you receive, you can choose one that does just that! As mentioned above, many of these clubs will include information about the wine, the vineyard, and even the winemaker with every order you receive. Plus, they’ll often provide pairing information so you can expertly match up your new bottle of a wine with your next dinner.

*This post was updated March 3, 2019 to include the most up-to-date information. We will continue to update this post as new wine clubs emerge.