Best cheap red wine in 2023? Get the secret list here

Whatever your salary or situation, everyone loves finding a bargain, especially in today’s tough economic times where the price of everything seems to keep going up.

Wine prices have risen significantly in the past two years, but there are still some hidden gems to be found – and tasted.

Finding a good cheap red wine when you’re on a budget is certainly possible, but it takes plenty of research and wine knowledge. Thankfully, wine expert and author Mark Oldman, founder of Bevinars, has done the hard work for his subscribers, compiling an extensive list for 2023 of the best good, cheap red wines that are priced under $20.

If you’ve attended a Bevinars virtual class, you’ll know how much Oldman delights in finding a $17 bottle of red wine that tastes like a $40 one.

The red wines on Oldman’s 2023 list definitely punch above their weight and price point, delivering on taste while saving you money. Some start from $13, with the average price around $16 or $17. There is even a $10 wine amongst the invaluable list of good, cheap red wines.

It’s an extensive wine list that includes lighter red wine styles that are ideal for summer drinking, as well as heavier (medium to full-bodied) red wines, perfect with steak, burgers or roast chicken.

Oldman says that it is important to remember that “good” wine is very subjective, and everyone’s taste preferences are different. He suggests taking the time to explore various options and trust your palate to find the cheap red wines that you truly enjoy.

Keep in mind that prices and availability can vary depending on your location and also the vintage.

For added savings, check for discounts and promo codes on online wine websites. Local stores might also offer discounts or promotions, such as a 10% discount on the purchase of six bottles.

Finally, keep an eye out for an upcoming article Eight Tips to Finding Good Cheap Red Wine. Sign up to the Bevinars newsletter to get all the latest news delivered to your inbox. And now… here is Oldman’s 2023 list of good, cheap red wines.


Oldman’s Best Cheap Red Wines Under $20 – 2023 List

Light-to-medium-bodied red wines – Priced under $20 

La Carraia Sangiovese ($12.99)

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages ($15.99)

Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Crianza

Castello Banfi Chianti Classico

Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti

Georges Duboeuf “Flower Label” Moulin-à-Vent

La Vieille Ferme Rouge

Altovinum Evodia Garnacha

Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti

Bibi Graetz Casamatta Rosso

Bodegas Carlos Serres Rioja Crianza

El Coto de Rioja Crianza

Bodegas Faustino Rioja Crianza

Brigaldara Valpolicella

Cune Crianza

Fairvalley Pinotage Western Cape


Pinot Noir (light to medium-bodied) – under $20

Devil’s Corner Tasmania Pinot Noir

Fowles Wine Farm to Table Pinot Noir

Gérard Bertrand Cote des Roses Pinot Noir

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir

The Pinot Project California Pinot Noir

The Seeker Pinot Noir

Tenute Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva

Union Wine Co. Underwood Pinot Noir

Matua Pinot Noir Marlborough

Casas del Bosque Reserva Pinot Noir

Cline Pinot Noir


Medium to heavy-bodied red wines – under $20


Lohr Los Osos Merlot Paso Robles

Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot


Bodega Norton Reserva Lujan de Cuyo Malbec

Alamos Mendoza Malbec

Trivento Malbec Mendoza Reserve


Rancho Zabaco Heritage Vines Sonoma County Zinfandel

Ravenswood Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel

Cline Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine


Cabernet Sauvignon 

Grounded by Josh Phelps California Cabernet Sauvignon

Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon

Jim Barry The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon

Penfolds Koonunga Hill South Australia Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon

Beringer Founder’s Estate California Cabernet Sauvignon

Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon



Qupé Syrah Central Coast

Bogle Petite Sirah

d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz


Medium to heavy-bodied red wines – under $20

Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera

Global Wines Dão Grilos Reserva

Lavradores de Feitoria Douro Tinto

Chapoutier Belleruche Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva

Adega de Penalva Dão

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Parallèle 45 Côtes-du-Rhône

Produttori Vini Manduria Lirica Primitivo

Sud Vini Primitivo

Tormaresca Neprica

Veramonte Carmenère Colchagua Valley

Bodegas Luzón Monastrell Jumilla

Borsao Berola

Brancaia Tre Rosso Toscana

Càntele Salice Salentino Riserva

Capezzana Barco Reale

Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Rapel Velley Carmenère