Groucho Marx had probably never joined a wine club when he famously said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members.” Being a wine club member or part of a wine of the month club program is one of life’s greatest little pleasures. Joining one not only allows you to try a wide range wines often curated to your specifications, be your preference Pinot Noir, rosé, wild and wacky blends, nothing but bubbles, or everything in between, it also offers a long list of other perks like, exclusive access to events and wine allocations, deep discounts, the chance to meet the winemaker, complimentary tastings, and more.
To help you navigate all the options out there, from Napa to Sonoma and beyond, we have rounded up some of our favorite wine clubs and wine subscription services, from the traditional to the offbeat, so you can fill your cellar and tasting calendar for months to come.
Are you looking to join a wine club, but don’t want to commit to just one producer as you continue growing your cellar? Then The Duckhorn Portfolio may be just what you’re looking for. Designed for oenophiles who want to enhance their collection of rare and exclusive wines, The Duckhorn Portfolio includes four shipments per year of either six age-worthy red wines or three elegant white wines from the Duckhorn, Calera, Paraduxx, Goldeneye, and Migration labels. Free shipping, invitations to special events, exclusive pricing, and access to a members-only library selection are just some of the perks of membership. From $550, 3-6 bottles/shipment.
California wine lovers have long flocked to Sonoma’s Jordan Winery for its wine tasting experiences and culinary-focused offerings, and true wine insiders know the Jordan wine club is the way to go, especially for those who want more than just wine delivered to their doors. More of a loyalty program than a traditional wine club, Jordan Estate Rewards allows customers to accrue points that can be redeemed for exclusive food and wine experiences. Membership is complimentary and comes with 3,000 bonus points when you join Jordan’s mailing list. From there, you earn points for every dollar spent at the winery in Healdsburg, online, or by phone. Free to join.
Wine club members at Pine Ridge Vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley join for the limited-edition, cellar-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varieties, artfully crafted from the winery’s estate vineyards across five renowned appellations – Stags Leap District, Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford, and Carneros. They stay for the complimentary tastings, private invitations to exclusive winery events, and other premium perks. From $200, 3-12 bottles/shipment.
It’s no wonder so many of the St. Francis Wine Club members have been active for decades. In addition to curated wine allocations and complimentary tasting flights, members also gain exclusive pricing and access to the beloved Sonoma County winery’s small production “Artisan & Icon” collection, special accommodation pricing with local lodging partners, and lots more. Choose from one of three club tiers. From $150, 4-12 bottles/shipment.
The Hess Collection has been producing noteworthy Napa Valley wines for over 40 years, while the Lions Head Collection represents a new era in the Hess/Persson family’s wine legacy. Fans of both old and new won’t want to miss joining The Collectors Club, the best way to experience the diversity and quality of the two labels. In addition to special member pricing and wine customization, members also receive exclusive chef-created recipe pairings with each shipment, complimentary tastings, and access to the Hess Contemporary Art Museum and other elevated winery experiences. From $152, 3-12+ bottles/shipment.
Members of Tank Garage Winery’s MADE Club receive access to the mysterious “Backroom,” as well as shipments of three, six, or twelve bottles, five times per year, of some seriously cool wines made from grapes sourced from some of California’s top vineyards. Self-described as “one of the most interesting wineries in Napa Valley,” and “a winery that celebrates misfits, bootleggers, and daredevils,” lovers of offbeat blends and eye-popping, artist-driven labels will feel right at home with this wine club. From $135, 3-12 bottles/shipment.
Michel Rolland, Philippe Melka, Matt Sands, Alberto Antonini, Joe Shebl, Timothy Milos… ever heard of them? Yeah, they’re kind of a big deal in the winemaking world, and most of their wines have historically only been available by allocation. Luckily, New Frontier makes it possible to taste some of the finest Napa wines from these producers through its ‘Wanderer,’ ‘Explorer,’ and ‘Adventurer’ wine clubs, along with such perks as complimentary tastings at the New Frontier Napa Lounge, first access to new releases, recipe suggestions, and much more. 3-12 bottles/shipment.
Sequoia Grove is a family-owned winery located in the picturesque Rutherford region of Napa. While known for their Cabernet, one need not be limited to one varietal when it comes to their wine club. Choose from three different tiers – “Rare Reds,” “Classic Cabernet,” and the “Mixed Six,” and enjoy world-class wines, complimentary tastings, and other perks. Wine club members are also promised “Warm hospitality, a personal touch, and a sense of belonging,” which never goes out of style. From $175, 3-6 bottles/shipment.
In this totally unique wine club concept, members are offered the opportunity to purchase high-quality, low-production California wines made by talented winemakers who have day jobs in the wine industry, and are also pursuing their own wine brands. Members are invited to join the winemakers for virtual tastings, and enjoy subsidized shipping, great content and education, and access to wine they literally cannot find anywhere else. Says founder, Terra Jane Albee, “Our number one goal is to grow a community that is transparent, curious, diverse, and super fun,” which sounds like a club we would love to be a part of, wine or no wine. From $8.95/month.
Amy Bess Cook launched Woman-Owned Wineries in 2017 to help create greater equity in the wine industry. This online directory also features a wine subscription, offering curated monthly deliveries of wine from female vintners. WOW prioritizes wines that reflect ethical farming practices from Sonoma County and across California, as well as other wine regions such as the Pacific Northwest and Texas, and regularly shares exclusive stories about talented female winemakers you won’t read anywhere else. Members can choose from monthly or quarterly shipments, but there’s also an a la carte option if you don’t want to commit right off the bat. From $107, 3 bottles/shipment.
Reducing the thousands of fantastic wine subscriptions and clubs out there to a short list was nearly impossible, so we want to give a shout out to a few other honorable mentions. If small-production, organic, and biodynamic selections are your thing (not to mention free shipping on all orders!), check out Plonk Wine Club. Wine Awesomeness lives up to its tagline “Discovery delivered to your door,” with its selection of hard-to-find, hand-dug wines made from interesting varieties, up-and-coming winemakers, and offbeat regions. One of the original wine subscription services to tap into the direct-to-consumer experience, Winc curates and creates over a hundred different wines to please just about any palate. Winc also regularly offers discounts on your first box to make the deal even sweeter. Love wine but prefer it by-the-glass? Vinebox will send you a shipment of wines from all over the world in adorable apothecary-inspired single serve test tubes. If you find something you like, you earn credits toward full-sized bottles of all your favorites.