Expert reveals their top award-winning wines to buy on a budget


From a $7 Pinot Noir and a $15 world champion red: Here are five award-winning wines that are cheaper than LETTUCE

  • A wine expert has listed their top 5 award-winning drops that cost less than $15 
  • Christine Ricketts, a wine educator specialist, picked out her best budget wines
  • In her list is a $7 Australian pinot noir as well as a cabernet Malbec for under $9
  • A French $13 rosé has won many awards and a sparkling variety is only $14.99
  • A $15 Aussie Grenache was the first to win an prestigious international awards 

A wine expert has revealed her favourite award-winning budget-friendly drops – with some costing less than a head of iceberg lettuce amid ‘outrageous’ price hikes.

Wine Educator Specialist Christine Ricketts (pictured) has listed her top five award-winning drops that are all under $15 a

Wine Educator Specialist Christine Ricketts (pictured) has listed her top five award-winning drops that are all under $15 a

The soaring cost of living has seen the price of the salad basic climb to a whopping $12-$15 in some supermarkets but Endeavour Group Wine Educator Specialist Christine Ricketts, from Sydney, said the same can’t be said for wine. 

‘If you’re a wine lover on a budget, don’t fret – there’s plenty of amazing wines for under $15. And don’t just take my word for it – some have received accolades in prestigious wine award,’ she said. 

‘The Ethereal One Grenache from South Australia was recently named the best Grenache in the world in the International Wine Challenge, a historic win as it was the first time an Australian wine was awarded the accolade, and it’s a bargain at just $14.95.’  

Below Ms Ricketts lists her top five drops that are all under $15 and have scooped up awards. 

Minchinbury Pinot Noir – $6.99  

South Australia’s Minchinbury Vintage 2019 Pinot Noir was named Best Value Wine in the Lighter Red category in the Dan Murphy’s Decoded Wine Awards 2021.

It is a dry, light-bodied red wine for easy drinking with ripe plum fruit flavour on the finish – and it’s only $6.99. 

‘This is a juicy, quaffable Aussie-made Pinot Noir that is exceptional value for just $7 per bottle. Chill it for 20 minutes before serving for extra juiciness,’ Ms Ricketts said.

South Australia's Minchinbury Vintage 2019 Pinot Noir is $7 and was named Best Value Wine in the Lighter Red category in the Dan Murphy's Decoded Wine Awards 2021

South Australia’s Minchinbury Vintage 2019 Pinot Noir is $7 and was named Best Value Wine in the Lighter Red category in the Dan Murphy’s Decoded Wine Awards 2021

Sit Stay Society’s Max’s Cabernet Malbec – $8.95 

The Sit Stay Society’s wine range is a dog lover’s best friend – the drops are delicious, and 50 cents of every purchase goes to support PetRescue services.

Sit Stay Society’s Max’s Cabernet Malbec is a great winter wine. It’s smooth, with a mix of dark red fruit characters and plush blackberry notes,’ Ms Ricketts said.

The wine was awarded a gold medal in the prestigious Cowra Wine Show, and is just $8.95 for a 375ml bottle – proving that good things come in small bottles.  

The Sit Stay Society's wine range is a dog lover's best friend - the drops are delicious, and 50 cents of every purchase goes to support PetRescue services.

The Sit Stay Society’s wine range is a dog lover’s best friend – the drops are delicious, and 50 cents of every purchase goes to support PetRescue services.

La Planchelière Cabernet d’Anjou Rosé – $13

A multi-award winning wine from France, La Planchelière’s Cabernet d’Anjou Rosé is just $13 meaning you don’t have to skimp out on luxury when on a budget. 

‘This is one of the best and most popular imported Rosés in BWS and Dan Murphy’s stores,’ Ms Ricketts said. 

‘It’s delicate, well structured with a hunt of fruit sweetness that also makes it the perfect wine to pair with a variety of foods like salty pork, seafood and sushi.’

The Ethereal One Fleurieu Grenache 2020 – $14.99 

Making history last month by becoming the first Australian drop to be awarded the International Grenache Trophy in the prestigious International Wine Challenge (IWC), it’s a miracle that the Ethereal One Fleurieu Grenache 2020 is only $14.99.

‘This delicious wine has been crafted by winemaker Mark Jamieson using grapes grown in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, where the best Australian Grenache is grown due to the region’s warm climate and old vines,’ Ms Ricketts said.

The Ethereal One Fleurieu Grenache 2020 is only $14.99 and became the first Australian  winner of the International Grenache Trophy in the prestigious International Wine Challenge

The Ethereal One Fleurieu Grenache 2020 is only $14.99 and became the first Australian  winner of the International Grenache Trophy in the prestigious International Wine Challenge 

‘The quality of Australian Grenache at the moment is outstanding, so it’s no surprise that this wine variety keeps winning at wine shows in Australia and across the world – and this wine is a very deserving winner of the title the world’s best Grenache,’ Christine said.

Named Best Sparkling Rosé in the Dan Murphy's Decoded 2022 awards, the Yarra Burn Premium Cuvee Rosé is perfect for special occasions and is under $15

Named Best Sparkling Rosé in the Dan Murphy’s Decoded 2022 awards, the Yarra Burn Premium Cuvee Rosé is perfect for special occasions and is under $15

There are five other amazing varietals to find in the Ethereal One range including Malbec, Montepulciano, Vermentino, Nero d’Avola and Sangiovese.

Yarra Burn Premium Cuvee Rosé – $14.99 

Named Best Sparkling Rosé in the Dan Murphy’s Decoded 2022 awards, the Yarra Burn Premium Cuvee Rosé is perfect for special occasions and is under $15. 

Made under the helm of Australian sparkling wine maestro Ed Carr, this is an elegant sparkling rosé style drop with fresh red fruit characters.

‘Sparkling rosé is super versatile, and this drop is the perfect wine to have with a cheese platter. It’s next-level elegance,’ she said.

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