If you’re a long-time reader of our mag (hi, friend!), you’ll know that we enjoy a tipple as much as the next person – especially a quality glass of chilled wine. That’s why we’ve done the legwork and sourced our favourite online alcohol stores – many of which offer free delivery. Whether you’re sourcing craft beer for your next dinner party or looking for good organic wine, here are our top sites to visit.
We can’t rave enough about this Italian wine retailer, which offers next-day delivery island-wide. Bacco Wines stocks an array of organic reds, whites, rosé, bubbles and dessert wines, imported from boutique wineries in Italy. Browsing their website, it’s clear these guys are serious about their vino. They offer customers detailed info about each wine sold – including grape variety, region and winery – and you won’t have to worry about the state of your orders, as the wines are transported and stored in temperature controlled conditions, with refrigerated vessels and cold warehouse storage. Apart from wine delivery, Bacco also hosts regular wine tasting events at their cosy office space, where you’ll get to try healthy wines at an affordable price.
How delivery works: Delivery is free for orders above $300. Your order will be delivered one to three days after payment is received. You can choose to have it delivered in the morning (9am to 1pm), lunchtime (11am to 2pm), afternoon (1.30pm to 5.30pm) or evening (7pm to 8pm). Alternatively, self-collect your wines from their centrally-located office near Robertson Quay during office hours (10am to 7pm weekdays).
Set up by two wine-loving Aussies on a mission to deliver quality wine at great prices, this wine retailer offers reds, whites, roses and sparkling wines from all over the world. Bottles are sold in cases of six – either as six of the same bottle or a mixed selection of various varietals – so you’ll never have to worry about running dry! Designed as “a place where wine is fun and the world is full of flavour,” the Vinomofo site also features loads of articles and serves as a community for like-minded wine-lovers who want “epic deals.”
How delivery works: The cases are shipped for just $5, or for free on orders over $200. If you order before 2pm, Vinomofo can deliver your wine the following day; if you order after 2pm, you’ll receive your wines within two days.
Wine & Philosophy
Established in 2018 by Swiss expat Andreas, Wine & Philosophy’s portfolio of sparkling, white and red wines are personally sourced by Andreas himself and directly imported from French, Italian and Spanish boutique wineries. These are wineries that are committed to artisanal, low-intervention winemaking and environmental sustainability practices – in fact, many of the wines are certified organic and biodynamic.
For each wine on the site, customers can find detailed information about grape varieties, organic/biodynamic winemaking and the drinking-time windows, plus tasting notes, food pairing suggestions and information about the wine producers. Wine & Philosophy also offers wine education classes and guided wine tastings for wine lovers and corporate clients.
How delivery works: Island-wide delivery is $30, or free on orders above $200. Wines are delivered two to three days after purchase. There’s also a subscription plan where customers get three different bottles of wine delivered to their door each month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order and receive customised wine advice.
With a name that stands for Through the Grapevine, TTG Wines sources sustainable and organic wines from family-run vineyards that set themselves apart from mass-produced, run-on-the-mill wineries. For value-for-money options, try Mount Brown Estate and Wild River from New Zealand, as well as ILauri from Italy, and you’ll be blown away by the quality for the price you pay. Prices start from as low as $25 per bottle, and the shopping process is easy as wines are separated into categories like “organic” and “region”. Don’t forget to check out the Vineyard of the Month sale for discounts on bottles!
How delivery works: Enjoy free delivery if you order 12 bottles or more. Order by 2pm for next-day delivery from Monday to Friday. If you need your bottles urgently, top up $25 and they’ll be delivered within three hours, chilled and ready to serve.
Wine to Share
This online retailer specialises in South African wines, which are some of the best – and best-valued – wines in the world. The concept is simple: Wine to Share buys in bulk so you can enjoy lower prices direct from the vineyard. To join in the shipment, you’ll need to order at least 18 bottles, and you’ll get to choose up to three types of wines. After which, you pay half of your total bill as a deposit, then you’re billed the remaining half of your balance one week before the wine is delivered to your door. The team personally sources and procures bottles each time round, so what’s available changes with each shipment. Prices start from as low as $25 per bottle, and some of the top-rated South African wines go at only $60. Top picks include Backsberg and Boschendal.
How delivery works: As Wine to Share works on a pre-order basis, your bottles will be delivered in around four to five weeks after you place your order. Delivery costs $20 for up to 100 bottles.
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