Wine. Pretty much anyone (who is of legal drinking age) has tried it, and a vast majority of those love it. What better than to come home from work, pour yourself a glass of Shiraz and let your cares wilt away. Or how about some lunch at the weekend with friends, accompanied by a chilled glass of Riesling. We’re practically salivating at the thought.
We imagine you have your favourites, and if you’re someone who says they don’t like wine, well to that we say you just haven’t found a bottle of the good stuff that you like yet. Keep searching dear friend. But for those who love a tipple, keeping your reserves topped up has never been easier thanks to online wine merchants.
Being able to kick back on the computer – with a glass of wine in hand, naturally – to browse the virtual shelves of your local bottle shop or an independent retailer that prides itself on more exclusive releases. Whether you’re a Pinot Noir snob, maniacal about Merlot or a sucker for a Sauvignon, we’ve rounded up the very best online stores for you to fulfil your wine
With close to 10,000 bottles of wine to choose from on the Dan Murphy's store, you can't not find something to try. Prices will suit budgets of all types, whether you need something cheap and cheerful for pre-drinks or you want to splash out for a dinner party, Dan's has it all. Orders can delivered direct to your door or you can opt to collect it at your local store.
Just Wines sells just that. Wine. The online store is dedicated to all things red, white and rose, with a touch of sparkling thrown in for good measure. While you may only find wine on the website, you will only be able to find bottles produced in Australia and New Zealand. After all, us and our Kiwi cousins do produce some of the finest Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays on the planet. With over 6,000 wines in stock from some 1,000 wineries across both countries, it's the perfect place to start exploring your own backyard.
Vintage Cellars positions itself as a more upmarket wine retailer, with several physical stores located around Australia. For the most complete selection however, you'll want to check out the online store instead. Wines are sourced from all over the world, including hotspots such as France, Italy but Australian wine takes centre stage. Vintage Cellars also offers a comprehensive rewards program, giving you a point for every dollar you spend, that can be redeemed on any alcohol you wish.
BWS stores can be found all over Australia, but it's the online store you'll want to become a regular at. Wines are broken down into clearly labelled categories and you're even provided with a colour scale that could potentially help you discover something totally brand new to tantalise your taste buds. A thorough sparking and champagne section will be your best friend when the time comes to celebrate and anything you buy will gift you points that can be redeemed at Woolworth's supermarkets.
Langton's describes itself as "Australia's leading fine wine marketplace". No bottom of the barrel bargains to be had here, then. If, however, you know your grapes and vintages, visiting Langton's will be akin to a kid in a candy store. Any wine you choose comes with some reading material, telling you how it came to be, and you're able to filter results by region and sub-region to help find something truly exceptional. You can even find rare and limited edition releases in the online auction house that could provide the missing piece to your ever expanding collection.
Booze Bud makes the whole process of finding your favourite tipples, or even something brand new, incredibly easy. Not only can you search grape varietal or region, but you can take a lucky dip and purchase a mixed box. These can comprises a complete mixture of grapes, or bottles from different producers of the same variety. It's not a totally blind selection, as you're able to see what goes into each box, but you could be one click away from finding a few favourite.
Vinomofo is lover of all things grape-based and has "The best [email protected]
%*ng wine deals on the planet". If you already have a favourite producer or a specific bottle, it's always worth checking Vinomofo to see if you can get it at a lower price. You can choose to buy wine by the bottle or the case, as well as mixed cases to help expand your collection. If you're feeling particularly daring, you can head to the 'Black Market' section, where the producer is hidden, and all you're told is the varietal you'll be getting along with some words of persuasion. You may not end up liking what you buy, but it will make for a great dinner party story.
For the ultimate in at-home wine shopping, Jimmy Brings is your guy. In a few simple steps you can have several bottles of wine sitting on your doorstep within 30 minutes. The selection on offer may not be the largest out of the stores on this list, but for the sheer convenience of the service, it can't be faulted. Bottles are competitively priced and you're rewarded for being a returning customer, with every eighth order being on the house.
Cellarmasters has an extensive warehouse of wines, primarily from Australia and New Zealand, but with input from other top producing regions such as France, Italy and Spain. They're filtered into various categories, such as premium, vegan, and those with the most awards. You can also subscribe to the Reservation club, which is a service that sees Cellarmasters deliver bottles to your door, based on your personal preferences. You can opt for solely red or white, or switch things up with a mixed case. You'll be contacted before delivery and if you feel like having some time off to let your liver recover, you're welcome to refuse it. But let's be honest, who's going to do that.