Cheap Vegan Wines. Wine, especially when it is vegan, doesn’t have to be expensive. That’s why in this post I want to share with you my top picks for cheap vegan wines under $5. Okay, well most of them are under $5 – some of them are under $10. After all, what’s better than vegan wine….a vegan wine which doesn’t break your wallet. I love vegan wines. Part of the reason why I started this blog was that I love wine and wanted to share my passion for vegan wines. Since starting Vegan Bev HQ I have found so many amazing vegan wines that are “cheap” and still taste amazing. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get something that is vegan and still tastes amazing. It is just about taking the time to find out what’s good and what’s not. What if I even told you I could recommend you a bottle of vegan wine for $1.50 a bottle? Yes, you read that right – $1.50 a bottle. So, what exactly are cheap vegan wines, and are they even available? Let’s find out.
Cheap Vegan Wines – What Is Available?
As a general rule, there are a variety of cheaper vegan wines available for anybody on a budget – from red to white to flavored. There are plenty of vegan wines that cost less than $10 and some that even cost less than $5. Some boxed vegan wines even work out as cheap as $1.50 for 750ml.
Cheap Vegan Wines – Summary Table
Below is a summary table of my top 10 picks of some “cheap” vegan wines available on the market. I will break down each wine item by item underneath. The list is made up of vegan wines: (1) $5 or less per bottle; and (2) $10 or less per bottle.
If you want to learn exactly about what makes certain wines vegan and others not vegan then check out my in-depth post: Why Is Wine Not Vegan – How To Know The Truth?
|Best Vegan Wines at $5 or Less per Bottle||Best Vegan Wines at $10 or Less per Bottle|
|Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon||Intermingle Californian Red|
|Love Olivia Peach Wine||Our Daily Red|
|California Roots Pinot Grigio||Menage a Trois Red Blend|
|Beringer Vine & Main Chardonnay||Bogle Chardonnay|
|Big Sipper Sweet Red|
|Wine Cube Rose|
Cheap Vegan Wines $5 or Less
1. Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon – Trader Joe’s
I mean you weren’t seriously expecting an article about cheap vegan wines and not expecting 2-buck chuck reds (officially called Charles Shaw) to make the list, were you? It may no longer cost 2 dollars but it’s still a great value vegan red wine (at the time of writing it retails at $2.99).
The Cabernet Sauvignon is by far my favorite Charles Shaw Red wine – it is such a great everyday wine to have a glass of with dinner (without breaking the bank). Just remember this Charles Shaw is an exclusive brand to Trader Joe’s. It is a good excuse to visit Trader Joe’s. If you want to learn what other vegan wines are available at Trader Joe’s check out my post: 10 Vegan Wines At Trader Joe’s You Need To Try.
2. Love Olivia Peach or Watermelon Wine
At the second spot is another wine I found at Trader Joe’s (there is also a peach version that made it onto my top 10 Vegan Wines at Trader Joe’s list). To be honest, both the watermelon and the peach are lovely if you like a refreshing sweet fruit-flavored wine to sip. Both wines are perfect for the Summer and go great with a light vegan salad (think Strawberry and Spinach). These wines are made with a Moscato and Colombard base and then lightly flavored with peach or watermelon.
Again, like number one on this list, Trader Joe’s does not sell online (so exclusive!) so if you want to try a bottle of this Summary delight you will have to grab a bottle next time you are pursuing Trader Joe’s. At the time of writing, they retail for $3.99.
3. California Roots Pinot Grigio
I have talked about California Roots wines in my post about vegan wines at Target (15 Vegan Wines At Target You Need To Try). California Roots is an exclusive wine to Target. At the time of writing a bottle is priced at $5. Best of all? All California Roots grape varieties apart from Moscato are vegan according to Barnivore (see below references).
That means you can take your pick from chardonnay, pinot grigio, sangria, rose, red blend, cabernet sauvignon, and sauvignon blanc. My personal fave is the pinot grigio. It is fresh, citrusy, and tropical. I also adore the mantra of the text on the back of the bottle – “the best ingredients for a good life are simple – good food, good friends and good wine”. I couldn’t agree more – just add in vegan in a few places.
4. Beringer Vine & Main Chardonnay
Beringer Vine & Main is a great vegan wine at an amazing price point. It depends on where you buy it from, but you can get it as cheap as $3.99 such as on Instacart here (at the time of writing). A whole bottle of vegan wine for $3.99!
Just be aware that although Beringer Vine & Main white wines are vegan, their reds are not due to non-vegan fining agents being used (see Barnivore link in the below references).
This Chardonnay is dry, and citrusy with honeyed apricot notes. This Chardonnay is a “wine that immediately conjures up the bounty and sunshine of California”. As somebody who lives (and loves living in California), this is a wine I can get behind.
5. Big Sipper Red
Next on this list is the most affordable vegan wine of them all. Disclaimer – a box of this wine will set you back $9.99. Hold on, that’s not under $5 I hear you say. And you are right. But this wine still deserves to make it onto the $5 and under part of this post because this box of wine is 5 liters big.
Yes, 5 liters. That is the equivalent of 6.66 bottles of wine. If you do the math that works out to $1.50 per equivalent “normal” 750 ml wine bottle. The biggest bargain of vegan wine you can get on this list.
All the Big Sipper reds are vegan according to Barnivore. That means next time someone complains that they can’t “afford to go vegan” you can tell them they can get a bottle of vegan red wine for $1.50.
If sweet red wine is your thing you can buy a box of this bargain vegan red wine from Instacart here.
6. Wine Cube Rose
The second boxed wine on the list, because I love them and they are such a bargain, is from Wine Cube. Wine Cube tends to be priced at around $18 for a 3-liter box. That is the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine. This makes this boxed wine come out at $4.50 per ‘bottle’.
Note not all Wine Cube wines are vegan – you can read more about which ones are and which aren’t here – 5 Vegan Boxed Wines You Need To Try (& Those To Avoid). The one I am going to shine some light on here is the Rosé (as we haven’t had a rose entry on this list yet).
This Rosé has “aromas of raspberry, fresh watermelon fragrance, lush wild berry, citrus and tropical fruit flavors.”
You can grab yourself a box of this delicious affordable rose here from Target here.
Cheap Vegan Wines Under $10
Okay, so you fancy being a bit more flash and shelling out a bit more for your vegan plonk? What vegan wines are available between $5 and $10?
7. Intermingle Californian Red
Intermingle Californian Red first made an appearance here at Vegan Bev HQ on my post about vegan wines are ALDI (97 Vegan Wines At ALDI You Need To Know About). It currently retails for around $6.99. This wine provides notes of “jam-like blackberry and fresh raspberry”.
You can find a bottle for yourself from Instacart here.
8. Our Daily Red
Our Daily Wine comes in two varieties – a red blend and cabernet sauvignon. The red blend is a blend of Fresno Syrah and Carignan and Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon. Both varieties are USDA Organic Certified, and they are marked as vegan-friendly on the bottle.
If you are a boxed wine convert you can also get both varieties in a boxed format (see my post 5 Vegan Boxed Wines You Need To Try (& Those To Avoid)). You can treat yourself to a bottle from Instacart, currently priced at $9.99, here.
Also, if you are interested in learning more about vegan organic wines, including what’s the difference between a vegan wine and an organic one and recommended vegan organic wines check out my post: Best Vegan Organic Wines (And How To Know What To Look For).
9. Menage a Trois Red Blend
If you are a regular here at Vegan Bev HQ you will have heard me mention Menage a Trois several times before – often the Midnight Blend or Silk Soft Blend. This time it’s the red blend.
This is such a great vegan wine available to buy from a lot of grocery stores and at a great price. It tends to hover around the $7-8 price point depending on where you buy it from. I tend to grab mine in-store from Costco, but you can get yours from Instacart here.
This blend is made of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon and is silky soft with all the jam-like berry notes you could wish for with just a hint of pepper.
If you also want to learn about what vegan wines are available from Costco check out my post: 10 Vegan Wines At Costco You Need To Know About.
10. Bogle Chardonnay
The last entry on the list is from Bogle Vineyards. Now, you need to know that not all Bogle wines are vegan, but a lot are. This Chardonnay from Bogle is vegan and is personally my favorite. It is an elegant wine with notes of vanilla, nutmeg, and guava. Some Chardonnays can be too acidic, but this one strikes a nice balance.
You can buy yourself a bottle from Instacart here. It just made it on this list by the skin of its teeth as it currently retails at $9.99.
Cheap Vegan Wines – The Final Sip
Cheap Vegan Wines – what have we learned about them? Well for starters they exist. In fact, if you are on a budget, you can get decent vegan wine for as low as $1.50 – when you buy it as a boxed wine. If the commitment of boxed wine is just too much for you, then you can still find good vegan wine in a bottle. Charles Shaw from Trader Joe’s is always a solid choice and they cost only $2.99 a bottle. $2.99! In comparison, the cheapest coffee at Starbucks (a short freshly brewed coffee) will cost you $2.15. That puts it into context, right?! In any event, even if you are looking to spend slightly more there are still great vegan wine options under $10 – California Roots and Menage a Trois are both wines you can regularly find in my kitchen. So, the next time someone says to you that there are no such things as cheap vegan wines – you can prove them wrong (internal happy face).
…now you know.
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Like What You Are Reading
Need to know more? Think your favorite beer or wine is vegan? How about your favorite Vodka, Tequila, or Gin – think those are vegan? Time to find out – check out some of my other articles:
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- Best Vegan Sparkling Wines For Every Budget You Need To Know
- 13 Of The Best Vegan Red Wine By Grape Varieties
- 15 Vegan White Wines – Best Pinots, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnays & Bubbles
- 10 of the Best Vegan Rosé Wines
- 5 Vegan Boxed Wines You Need To Try (& Those To Avoid)
- 10 Vegan Wines At Trader Joe’s You Need To Try
- 10 Vegan Wines at Whole Foods Market You Need To Know About
- Vegan Wines at BevMo You Need To Try
- The Best Vegan Wine at Sprouts For Vegans
- 97 Vegan Wines at ALDI You Need To Know About
- Introducing the 10 Best Vegan Wines at Walmart
- 15 Vegan Wines at Target You Need To Try
- 10 Vegan Wines at Costco You Need To Know About
- Why is Wine Not Vegan – How to Know the Truth?
- Is Champagne Vegan? Revealing the Truth Behind the Bubbles
- Is Alcohol Vegan? How to Know the Truth
- Is Liquor Vegan? How to Actually Pick Vegan Liquor
- Is Whiskey Vegan? How to Actually Pick Vegan Whiskey
- Is Tequila Vegan? How To Really Pick Vegan Tequila
- Is Gin Vegan? How To Really Tell Vegan Gins Apart
- Is Vodka Vegan? Hidden Surprises to Know About in Vodka
- Is Rum Vegan? Surprises You Need To Know About In Rum
- Is Brandy Vegan? How To Always Pick Vegan Brandy
- 10 Vegan Vodka Brands You Need To Know About
- Vegan Beers UK – How To Pick Vegan Beer In The UK
- 10 Vegan Beers at Trader Joe’s You Need To Try
- What Beer Is Not Vegan? Beers You Need To Avoid
- Is Beer Vegan – Introducing the Secrets to Finding Out
- Is Cider Vegan? How to Know the Pressing Truth
- Is Hard Seltzer Vegan? How to Really Tell
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References (as of 18th January 2022)