Choosing the best wine club comes down to personal preferences including your budget, your tastes and how often you want your wine delivered to you.
In this guide (updated for 2024), I ranked and reviewed the five best wine clubs, so that you can pick the best one for you.
- Wine Access – Best overall.
- Naked Wines – Best for exclusivity.
- Firstleaf – Best for curated wines.
- Vinesse – Best for boutique wines at low prices.
- WSJ Wine – Most established club.
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Why You Should Trust Me
Hi! Jon Rogers here. I’m the founder, owner and operator of this site and have been reviewing wines and wine clubs for the last twelve years. In that time I have tasted and reviewed over 200 wines and 12 different wine clubs.
I have personally experienced each of the wine clubs in this list. Each club has been delivered to my home and I have tasted all wines delivered from all the clubs on this list.
Of all the different wine clubs I’ve tried and reviewed here on Honest Wine Reviews, the five in this list are my picks for the best wine clubs of 2024.
Each club has been evaluated for who they’re best for, their price versus value, the quality of the wines and the club’s pros and cons.
Some of the links in this review are affiliate links. That means if you click through and make a purchase, I’ll get a small commission at no additional cost to you. I’m proud to say my reviews are always my honest opinion no matter what.
What are the Best Wine Clubs?
Here are my choices for the best wine clubs of 2024.
1. Wine Access
Best Overall Wine Club
I cover several different wine clubs in this list, but Wine Access is the overall best in my opinion.
Most just give you one club option. But with Wine Access you get the most flexibility in terms of the type of wine club you want to join. From an entry-level club to exclusive high-end clubs for the most discerning wine consumer.
- Best for – Variety of wines and club choices.
- Pricing – $150 to $525 depending on club.
Wine Access give you access to five distinct subscription based wine clubs. Each club has different options for price levels, shipping frequency and more.
In addition, two of the clubs have different levels based on cost and the number of wines received with each delivery.
Here are a few of the popular choices within the Wine Access subscriptions:
- Wine Access Connoisseurs and Discovery Clubs – Two luxury bottles or 6 classic bottles, delivered 4X per year.
- Decanter – 6 Everyday Excellence or Rare Luxuries bottles, delivered 4X per year.
- The Michelin Guide – 4 bottles, curated by Michelin Guide restaurant chefs, delivered 5X per year. Also includes food pairing suggestions from the chefs.
- Sunset – 6 wines from California, Oregon and Washington, delivered 4X per year.
- WA Collector’s Club – Prestigious wines from blue-chip estates, delivered 4X per year.
Overall, there’s something for everyone with this wine club. Plus, they’re always adding more clubs to try.
- Wide variety of choices and price points.
- Shipping included with all clubs.
- Discounts for club members on individual wines.
- No phone support on weekends.
- May overwhelm some new wine drinkers.
2. Naked Wines
Best for Exclusivity
- Best for – Exclusive wines from independent winemakers.
- Pricing – From $39.99 for six bottles of wine.
The Naked Wines wine club model is different from all other clubs. It’s based on an Angel investment model that connects individual, boutique winemakers to individual drinkers.
To purchase wines, you deposit $40 each month into your wine investment account. As a monthly wine club, you can either purchase new wines each month, or wait until your account builds up funds month after month.
This angel model benefits wine consumers in that the winemakers can focus on making wine and Naked Wines can focus on the sales and marketing for them.
That allows us as wine consumers to get wines at a 40-60% discount.
- Unique Angel-investment model.
- Wines not found elsewhere at a discount.
- Award winning and highly-reviewed club.
- Has a fun and interactive social aspect.
- Must remember that account is refilled monthly automatically.
- Mostly California wines.
Best for Curated Wines
- Best for – Wines curated just for you.
- Pricing – From $39.95 for six bottles of wine.
What’s unique about Firstleaf is how well they tailor their wine recommendations to you, based on your tastes.
They do this through a quiz based, interactive rating system and flavor profiling.
The quiz process helps Firstleaf understand the types of wines you might like. For example, they ask you about tastes such as sweet vs non-sweet, what varietals you already know you like, wines you know you dislike, your preference for exciting vs boring wines and more.
Once done with the quiz, you’ll get a list of wines they suggest you try. You can also swap out those suggestion for other wines they have in stock before making your purchase.
Overall, I found the quiz process to be fun and intuitive and appreciated their suggestions.
- Wine Concierge team to help you choose.
- Large selection of wines.
- Refer a friend program with discounts.
- No option to choose shipper at order time.
Best for boutique wines at low prices
- Best for – Unique boutique style wines at a low introductory price point.
- Pricing – From $41.94 for 6 bottles of wine.
Vinesse has been in business for over twenty-five years and offers boutique style wines that are produced by lesser-known wineries at a low introductory price.
Their American Cellars Wine Club is their main wine club offering and I believe provides their best value.
Each wine I’ve received from them as been of high quality and great taste.
The wines I received with the wine club included a nice Zinfandel from Lodi, a tasty Riesling from the Columbia Valley in Washington, a rich Bordeaux from France, a traditional Tuscan blend from Scoperta and others that I really enjoyed.
Overall, I’m quite pleased with this club and appreciate the difference in varietals and regions their selections include.
- High quality wines at a great introductory price point.
- Diverse selection of boutique quality wines from all over the world.
- Tasting notes included with each delivery.
- Fast shipping of 4 business days or less in the continental United States.
- Can skip or pause deliveries or just cancel at any time.
- Limited gift selections.
- Introductory offers limited to one per household.
- No gift cards available for purchase.
5. WSJ Wine
Most established club
- Best for – Letting experts select premium wines for you.
- Pricing – From $69.99 for 12 bottles of wine, plus bonus bottles and glasses.
While many other of the best wine clubs try to curate wines for you based on your tastes, the WSJwine club sends you what they feel are the best wines for your money, including occasional sparkling wines. Although you can see what you’ll be getting ahead of time and can make changes.
And I have to say, their selections don’t disappoint, in my opinion. Whether you order all reds, all whites or a mixed case, the wines you get will be high quality, no matter what.
Many are highly rated and have received awards. Plus, they send you great tasting notes and free gifts when you purchase their club.
- Expertly selected wines.
- Free gifts and detailed tasting notes.
- Been in business for many years.
- VIP offers for wine club members.
- Introductory offer limited to one per household.
- Wines and offers differ depending on your state.
The Benefits of Joining a Wine Club
One of the best things about joining a wine club is the opportunity to try wines you may not have thought of trying yourself. Also, the wines you get from most clubs are ones that you won’t likely find at your local wine shop. So, that means you’re bound to experience wines that are new to you.
Also, when you join a wine club, you’ll end up learning a lot about different wine varietals and regions where wine comes from. Many of the best wine clubs will includes tasting notes and educational materials along with the wines they send you. Half the fun of drinking wine is learning about it!
And that brings us to one of the big problems with wine drinking. And that is, that it can be very overwhelming, especially if you’re a new wine consumer. There are many choices in terms of types of wine, red vs. white, wine regions and more.
The good news is that trying one of the best wine clubs from this list can be a great entry point into growing your wine expertise.
Best Wine Clubs – FAQ
Are wine clubs worth it?
Yes, wine clubs are worth it because you get to try unique wines at discounted prices. This is especially true with the introductory offers that many wine clubs offer.
Which wine club is the best?
It depends on what is important to you in terms of cost, variety and the type of wine you enjoy. Each wine club offers something different and you should research and choose the one that best fits your needs.
How do wine clubs work?
Most wine clubs are actually wine subscription services. They send you deliveries of wine to your door based on a schedule, often monthly or quarterly.
What is the difference between a wine club and a wine subscription service?
There is little difference between the two. A wine club and a wine subscription service both send you deliveries of wine based on a schedule.
How much does a monthly wine subscription cost?
Costs vary depending on the club, shipping options and your specific state sales tax.
Can you cancel a wine club membership?
Yes, to cancel a wine club membership you contact the wine club and tell them to cancel your subscription.
Best Wine Clubs – Summary
No matter which one of the best wine clubs you decide to try, you’re sure to discover great wines that you won’t find at your local store or favorite restaurant.
Do keep in mind that most wine club’s introductory offers are significantly discounted. That means that subsequent deliveries after the first one will be at regular price.
But even at regular price, you’ll likely be getting great wines at a good value. And, you’ll have a continued supply of wines coming in to keep your wine rack stocked!