The best red wines under £10, as recommended by sommeliers

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Amy Swales

Buying red wine can often feel a little daunting.

Faced with such a huge array of different styles, grapes and countries in the supermarket wine aisle, many of us choose based on budget or stick to our tried-and-tested favourites.

But while we may think splashing out is always the best option if in doubt, there are plenty of impressive, delicious red wines under £10 if you know where to look.

Which is where we come in. We consulted three sommeliers for their expert advice on the best vin rouge to be found for a tenner or less: Emily Harman, sommelier and founder of VinaLupa – a wine consultation company for restaurants and bars; sommelier Sarah Boukhelifa of new London restaurant Roma, in the City; and Devon Pryor, head sommelier at London's Blandford Comptoir.

With such expertise behind you, you can't go wrong. Scroll through our gallery below for 10 red wines under £10.

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  • 2015 Cuvee Des Galets

    Vinalupa's Emily says: “One of my all-time favourite wines for value for money. Medium bodied, spicy and round – this wine is a great all-rounder as it offers a lot of flavour and texture without being too heavy or too light and dry. Blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan from Rhone, France.”


  • 2014 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

    Emily says: “From an organic vineyard, made from the Montepulciano grape in the Italian wine region Abruzzo. Light to medium in body, smooth with dark red fruit notes. This wine works well in the summer as it has a good concentration of flavour and mouthfeel but still at only 13% abv.”


  • 2014 Flor de Maio

    Emily says: “A Portuguese blend using the Touriga Nacional from Alentejo. Medium bodied and fruity. This red will work with most dishes but particularly those with lighter meats or with tomato based sauces.”

  • 2013 Puy de Dome Pinot Noir

    Emily says: “An excellent Pinot Noir for the price. This is a lighter, purer style of Pinot, but with soft tannins and no oak. The bright red fruit and fresh acidity makes it a great red both with and without food. For those who enjoy a chilled red, this wine would work well for you.”


  • 2013 Heba Morellino di Scansano

    Emily says: “A blend of Sangiovese (the Chianti grape) and Syrah from south-west Tuscany, Italy. The winemaker for this estate is also the winemaker for the iconic Tuscan estate Sassicaia. Well balanced with notes of earth and spice. Excellent for any braised dishes or any barbecued meats.”


  • 2014 Le Petit Caboche

    Devon, of Blandford Comptoir, says: “At a tasting some months ago, I was struck by this juicy little number. The nose is perfumed with raspberries and spices, and the palate balanced and delicious, with nothing of the cheap, boringly fruity character of so many entry-level Rhone reds. This is the kind of Vin du Pays which rewrites opinions about VdP wines, demands to be drunk rather than cooked with or passed over by high-brow buyers. It looks and tastes more expensive than it is, and I'd happily drink it mid-week or end of week or any time really. Sold!”


  • 2007 Rioja Gran Reserva Lagunilla

    Roma's Sarah says: “This red wine is from Bodega and was founded in 1885. This Rioja spends two years in oak casks and three years maturing in bottle making this wine an excellent value. It has deep, rich and luxurious flavours.”

    £9.99 (case of six, £11.99 single),

  • 2016 Beaujolais Lantignié Louis Jadot

    Sarah says: “Maison Louis Jadot is a well-known name in Burgundy, and is a favourite from the heart of the Beaujolais-Villages region. It is a bright and vibrant red that I prefer to drink when slightly chilled.”

    £9.99 (case of six, £12.99 single),

  • Guigal Côtes du Rhône

    Sarah says: “Rated five stars by influential wine critic Robert Parker, Guigal is again a well-known producer in Rhone and is, in fact, one of France’s top wineries.”

    £10.99 (case of six, single £12.99),

  • 2012 Poggio Castagno Chianti Classico

    Sarah says: “Yes it's a touch over the £10, but this is a classic Chianti with a complex floral aroma. Its spicy notes and hint of wild berries adds a touch of fruitiness to this much-loved red wine.”



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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.

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