Buying wine online can be easier than trawling the shelves of your local shop. Whether you’re stocking up on favourites, want something special for your collection or are looking for something new, one of the perks of buying wine online is the tools made available for helping you.
There’s far more information on the wine’s journey from grape to glass, plus you often find expert selections and guides from sommeliers on what’s best to pair with your meal and when.
Wine expert Henry Jeffreys shares where to find great wines for reasonable prices that can be delivered directly to your door by bringing you his 10 favourite online wine stores.
Read on to find the best places to buy wine online. For more like this, visit our reviews section to find 400+ buyer’s guides including taste tests of malbec and English sparkling wine and even letterbox gifts.
Best online stores for wine delivery
Award-winning wine merchants the Yapp Brothers are one of the UK’s leading importers of French regional wines, specialising in ‘characterful’ bottles from independent makers with the option of next-day delivery.
The Wine Society
The Wine Society prides itself in hunting down some of the most exciting bottles from around the globe to inspire your sense of culinary adventure. Having been a cooperative since 1874, the brand only shares bottles it believes in.
There’s a network of 450 winemakers behind Laithwaites. The company works with small scale producers to bring you quality bottles you can’t get in the supermarkets. It’s also been awarded a ServiceMark with distinction from the Institute of Customer Service.
Family-owned and run, Tanners Wine Merchants is in its fourth-generation of bringing old and new world wines to your door, established in 1972.
Beer has been brewed at Adnams’ home on the Southwold coast for over 600 years, so the company’s grain to glass ethos sits at the core of its distillery. You can shop by country or by case when it comes to buying their wines online, plus you can add spirits and beer to your order.
900 wines ranging from £6 to £300 could seem a bit daunting to choose from. Slurp’s personalised service with friendly drop-down menus and live chat is there to help you find the best bottle for your tastes, from small winemakers and established vineyards alike.
Berry Bros & Rudd
Britain’s oldest wine and spirit merchant first opened its doors in 1698. 300 years later, the fine wine specialists hold two Royal Warrants and host six Masters of Wine. Find hidden gems for direct delivery here.
House of Townend
Also independent, House of Townsend focus on finding new producers and making quality wines accessible to all. Check out their wine guides for some jargon-free sign-posting.
Lea and Sanderman
Drinkability and value for money are what Lea and Sanderman hold most highly when it comes to helping you buy the best wine online. Choose from a bottle list which reflects the brand’s ‘relentless globetrotting’ by country, price or producer.
Choose from blind-tasted and re-tasted artisan wines from around the world ready to be delivered straight to your door.
Discover more from wine expert Henry Jeffreys
BBC Good Food wine writer Henry Jeffreys writes about wine for national titles and has an award-winning book on the history of drinking in the UK. For more from Henry, read his expert taste tests:
More on wine
This page was last updated in September 2020. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you buy wine online? Share your recommendations with us below…