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.
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 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.
Carmen Insigne Chardonnay
A crisp Chilean Chardonnay with a touch of oak.
Citrus, green apples and a touch of butter. Medium bodied and balanced.
Exquisite 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 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
Pata 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 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
Winemaker’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
Dadá 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.
Merinas 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
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 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