Some of the best ways to find a quality wine on a budget is to explore lesser known wine regions and varieties. This will allow you to expand your wine knowledge while also finding unique and delicious wines at outstanding prices! Step outside of your comfort zone to try a Grüner Veltliner from Austria for a more exotic version of a Sauvignon Blanc, or a Chenin Blanc from the Western Cape in South Africa for a crisp, well balanced, fruit forward white wine.
Often overlooked and written off as too expensive, exceptional Bordeaux and Burgundy wines can also be found at great prices. Generally speaking, wines classified as Bourgogne in Burgundy or wines form the Haut-Médoc and Montagne-St.-Emilion areas of Bordeaux have high quality wines at even better prices.
Other options are Malbec from Argentina and Beaujolais from France. Argentinean Malbec is a perfect for a holiday gathering for a crowd with differing palates. It is pairs well with food, can be sipped on its own and is very approachable fruit forward red wine. Beaujolais is the ideal versatile red. Its lighter body allows it to be drunk with a slight chill or at room temperature, while its range can be earthy and sophisticated to easy going and fruity and everything in between.