The budget dozen – 12 bottles under €12 that will surprise you

Loving wine on a budget can be frustrating. In Ireland, a country with the highest wine excise in the EU, it’s even more so, as even the bottles that would cost a handful of euros elsewhere, easily get double digit price tags here.

But affordable quality can be found, if we know were to look.

The wines below offer a variety of styles and none of them goes above €12.

Protocolo TintoProtocolo Tinto

A Tempranillo from the Spanish region of La Mancha.

Aromas of ripe dark fruit and a hint of spices, medium bodied and fruity.

€10 (on offer from €10.95) at O’Briens Wine


cono sur bicicleta pinot noirCono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir

A clean and fruity Pinot Noir from Chile’s Central Valley.

Expect red fruit notes -strawberries and cherries- soft tannins and a refreshing acidity.

€11.99 at Martin’s Off Licence, SuperValu


Carmen Insigne ChardonnayCarmen Insigne Chardonnay

A crisp Chilean Chardonnay with a touch of oak.

Citrus, green apples and a touch of butter. Medium bodied and balanced.

€9 at SuperValuTesco


Exquisite Collection Rias-Baixas 2018Exquisite Collection Rias-Baixas

A Spanish Albarino ideal for seafood lovers or as aperitif.

High in acidity and with good structure. Aromas of citrus fruit and a hearbacious and mineral touch.

€9.99 at Aldi


Fleur de Prairie Cotes de Provence RoseFleur de Prairie Cotes de Provence Rosé

An elegant rosé from Provence, delicate and pale pink.

Smooth and packed with pink grapefruit aromas, besides being a lovely wine on its own merit, it comes in a beautiful bottle.

€9.99 at Aldi


Gran-Reserva-Valdepeñas-APata Negra Gran Reserva 2009

A mature Tempranillo from Valdapeñas, Spain. It is very hard to find aged wines at this price point so this will surely fly. It combines notes of ripe blackberries, dry fruits, coffee and leather. Medium tannins, and smooth feel.

€8.99 at Aldi


Cimarosa Malbec MendozaCimarosa Malbec Mendoza

A well rounded Malbec from Argentina’s most famous region.

A great idea for a BBQ, firm tannins and ripe dark fruit flavours -plums, blackberry-.

€7.99 at Lidl


Clare Valley RieslingWinemaker’s Selection Clare Valley Riesling

Lean and high in acidity, this Australian Riesling is a surprise.

A lovely combination or white floral aromas, fresh nectarine and citrus fruit.

€9.99 at Lidl


Dada wine Finca Las MorasDadá Finca Las Moras

This Argentinian blend combines Malbec with Bonarda into a very aromatic red. Balanced and filled with ripe blackberry aromas, along with some toast (moderate oak), pepper and sweet spice.

€10.99 at MolloysMartin’s Off Licence, Drinkstore.ie


Merinas-VerdejoMerinas Verdejo Organic

A light- bodied, versatile and easy to drink white wine from Spain.

Limes and lemons dominate in this zesty and vibrant wine, along with a subtle herbacious note.

€11.99 at Drinkstore.ie


Emiliana ChardonnayEmiliana Chardonnay

A vibrant Chardo from Chile’s Central Valley.

It is a balanced and youthful organic white wine with aromas of fresh pineapple and lemon zest.

€11.95 at Searsons Wine Merchants


Manzanilla En Rama La GuitaManzanilla En Rama La Guita

Manzanilla is quite similar to Fino Sherry but comes from the Spanish region of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, closer to the sea. The ultimate aperitif, this intense wine combines notes of almonds, seasalt, limes and even olives into a mouth-watering treat.

€11.99 at Celtic Whiskey Shop

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