Our Tips on How to Find the Best Cheap Wine

By Maria Rogerson

June 23, 2015Alcohol Food & Drink

The golden rule says: ‘The higher the price, the better the quality‘. We all know that and it is quite true. I mean, a luxury BMW and an economy Peugeot do not come with the same price tag, right. But, we also know that every rule has an exception, so there are times when you can purchase quality on a budget. This may not be the case with cars, but it surely is with wines.

So how and is it even possible to purchase a cheap wine under 20, which tastes like 100 bucks? Believe it or not, it actually is. Here’s how.

Cheap Wine Under 20

Consider the Region

The region indicates the place where grapes used in the production of a particular type and style were grown. The region is an important factor that enhances wine’s flavour, based on soil, climate and sunlight exposure. Simply put, the first step to pick a good quality, yet cheap wine under 20, is knowing the region it comes from. Our top picks are 42 Degrees South Chardonnay 2011 from the Grogmore Creek, Tasmania region and Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2012.

Consider the Varietal

Wines come in blends and varietals. Varietal refers to a wine that has been made out of one kind of grape. Consider this when on your quest for a quality wine at down-to-earth prices. If you are fond of a particular varietal, look for a bottle of wine made of grape that comes from the same varietal family. This will not only help you find the wine that will match your personal preferences and budget, but will also expand your wine knowledge.

Consider the Vintage

The ‘vintage-feature’ indicates the year when grapes have been harvested and fermented in the bottle of wine. You can consider wines labeled with a vintage year from the last couple of years, as this is how you will get both quality and affordability at the same time. To ensure the right decision, rely on the information given in wine charts. There, you will find notations about the years when there has been bad vintage or dips in scores.

Now you are ‘equipped’ with the basics about picking a fine wine that will fit your budget preferences. Starting your quest for the right wine, armed with great information about wine’s region, varietal and vintage, will help you make the best buying decision. Best of luck!