If you're keen to fill your wine rack but not sure where to turn, then it might be time to consider using a wine delivery service.
Whether you're after a bargain case, a regular wine subscription or simply feel keen to support independent wine retailers, there are plenty of wine delivery services available that allow you to order bottles online straight to your home.
Wondering which online wine company is best for you? Here, Good Housekeeping's in-house wine expert, Alex Hale, runs through her pick of the best wine delivery services you can still order from now...
Berry Brothers & Rudd
Best for: Fine wine, history & heritage
Berry Brothers & Rudd is Britain’s oldest wine & spirits merchant, established in 1698. Three centuries later and with two Royal Warrants and three Masters of Wine, the family business continues to flourish, with a strong online presence and delivery offering. However, its heart is still very much at their original premises, the beautiful, Harry Potter-esque No. 3, St James in London.
Berry Bros stock over 5000 wines & spirits from regular everyday drinkers from their classic own label range such as the popular Good ordinary Claret, £11.95 per 75cl, to fine wines and rare, super premium bottles.
Delivery: Free standard delivery for orders over £200. £10 for orders under £200.
Best for: Award winners & top-notch day to day drinkers
From lauded Supermarket Waitrose, Waitrose Cellar offers a superb range of beers, wine and spirits that will pretty much keep you covered for any eventuality.
Their wine list features day to day drinking wines from as little as £4.99 per 75cl bottle and ranges up to £150 champagnes, not to mention the small and large format bottles available (maybe it’s time to consider a Methuselah – that’s a 6L bottle of wine!) and pre-mixed cases to make your life easier.
Not only does their range answer your daily drinking needs but they also supply gifts, exclusive to Waitrose cellar parcels of wines, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic offerings.
Delivery: Standard delivery costs £5.95 or free for orders over £150 and takes around 2-3 working days. During very busy periods, standard delivery may take longer. Named day delivery costs £8.95 or free for orders over £250. Click & Collect costs £3.95 or free on all orders over £100. Currently click & collect is unavailable in Scotland & wales
Best for: Great value budget buys
In their own inimitable style, Aldi’s online wine shop offers a great range of brilliant value budget buys ranging from as little as £3.99 a bottle all the way up to some tasty fine wine treats at around the £20 mark.
The online selection includes Aldi classics like the superb value Champagne Monsigny NV Brut at £12.99 and Organic prosecco, £7.99 and a host of fantastic value wines from their Exquisite Collection range.
Delivery: Minimum order 6 bottles. Free standard delivery over £30.
Best for: Selection boxes and exclusives
Virgin wines, is an independently owned online wine retailer whose USP is the noticeable lack of big brands and mass-produced wines. Virgin prides itself for offering lesser-known brands and works hard at providing many exclusive listings, ensuring a range of over 500 interesting and great value wines.
All wines on the site come with a thorough product description, customer reviews and food pairings. The brand is also known for its broad selection of pre-mixed cases, which come at an array of price points.
Delivery: Free delivery over £150. Under £150, delivery is charged at £7.99 per address (for as many cases as you would like to order in one transaction).
Best for: Selecting what you want and great advice
As you might expect given the brilliant expertise and customer service levels in store, Majestic wines’ online offering is no different. The customer journey allows for the simple searching of varieties you know and love, as well as the exploration of new and exciting products. Expert advice and fellow customer reviews are also helpful. If you'd prefer the personal touch, call your local store and they will assist you and take your order over the phone.
Delivery: Free express and nominated day delivery when you spend £150 or more. Free standard delivery and free glass hire with purchases of 6+ bottles. Next-day order and collect from store service also available.
ND John Wine Merchants
Best for: Supporting independent retailers
If you’re looking to support one of the country’s excellent independent retailers then the choice of superb stockists is broad, however ND John Wine Merchants consistently provides great value, variety and customer service.
The range of wines is thorough and fairly priced, with an easily navigable website, customer reviews and a range of price points. You can also contact the knowledgeable in-store team for help and advice.
Delivery: Free delivery on orders over £200. £6.95 for orders up to £200, with no minimum purchase.
Best for: A regular wine subscription and a bargain introductory offer
Laithwaite’s is probably considered the biggest household name in wine home delivery and is definitely a great point of call for regular wine deliveries, particularly if you’re after a fantastic introductory offer. At the time of writing, Laithwaite’s current intro offer consists of a Season's favourites case with over £100 off your first case (£65 per 12 bottle case, equating to £5.42 per bottle), free delivery & four Dartington Crystal stemless glasses.
Subsequent cases are priced at around £107.99 per month, plus a £7.99 delivery charge, but the agreement can be cancelled at any time. The retailer has a list over 800 wines-strong and like many of its counterparts, offers a promise of 'Enjoy the wine or your money back'.
Delivery: £7.99 per address, for as many cases as you like. Free delivery on 18+ bottles. Delivery to UK mainland addresses typically takes 2-3 working days.
The Wine Society
Best for: Great for value at all price points
Get a lifetime membership to The Wine Society for £40 (with £20 taken off your first order) and not only can you access the vast selection of superb wines, but you will find yourself part of a co-operative offering you a chance to have your say on how the company is run. The Wine Society’s business model means that they aim to offer the best overall value in price, quality and sevice, without being concerned about maximising profits or growth. They work closely with the growers to ensure they only buy wines that excite them.
Wines range from £5.95 per bottle to super premium.
Delivery: Free delivery for un-mixed cases, min. 12 bottles or items worth £75+.
Best for: Wines from smaller producers
Online wine retailer, Slurp has a constantly evolving wine list and an objective to keep popular favourites alongside new and exciting wines from smaller, lesser known producers. They keep an eye open for award winners, particularly where they don’t have UK listings yet, meaning their range is innovative and sets them apart.
They list over 800 wines from £6 to £300 a bottle, catering for all your needs.
Delivery: Free delivery on orders over £100. Next day delivery for orders placed before 12pm.
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