10 Best Sauvignon Blancs Under $10 [Unmissable Bargains]
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One of my favorite things about trying new wine is when I find a “hidden gem” that knocks my socks off and is seriously underpriced.
Sauvignon Blanc is one of those varietals where you can find surprising quality in the sub $10 range.
You might not find the absolute best examples of Sauvignon Blanc in this price range (you can find them here) but you can certainly pick up some great value bottles that can surprise you.
If you’re keen to understand Sauvignon Blanc on a deeper level, I recommend doing some comparative wine tastings with some bottles in the sub-ten dollar price range and in the price ranges above. Learn how the grape can become more expressive and complex in the hands of different winemakers.
10. Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2021
The Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, is an absolute pleasure and a fine way to start this guide off.
It hails from Marlborough in New Zealand (you’ll see Marlborough mentioned a lot here!) which has become the kingdom of Sauvignon Blanc over the last few years. The wines from here just sing with tropical fruit flavor and this is no exception.
Its crisp and refreshing citrus and tropical fruit flavors, including lemon and melon, are complemented by a subtle grassy undertone and the aroma entices you with a mix of fruity and herbal notes.
I recommend pairing this wine with a light, citrusy shrimp salad to enhance the bright flavors of both the dish and the wine. A perfect choice for a summer afternoon!
You can find this wine online for $9.99 and I’ve heard great things about the 2022 vintage too.
9. Smoking Loon Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Smoking Loon are known for their budget-friendly wines of almost every varietal and their Sauvignon Blanc is one of their best expressions. You can find it as low as $8 if you get lucky and that’s serious value for money!
Their Sauvignon Blanc 2020 impressed me with its vibrant flavors of grapefruit, lime, and green apple. It had a decent finish for a budget wine too.
The zesty acidity and a touch of minerality make it a refreshing and balanced wine. The aroma boasts notes of citrus and freshly cut grass.
I found it pairs wonderfully with grilled fish topped with a citrus herb salsa, as the wine's acidity complements the dish's flavors brilliantly.
8. Medalla Real Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2017
The Medalla Real Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is one of the cheapest Sauvignon Blancs I’ve included here and it punches well above its weight (price tag).
It’s a captivating wine with a reasonably complex array of flavors, including ripe passion fruit, juicy pink grapefruit, and a subtle touch of fresh bell pepper.
Its bright acidity and lingering mineral finish make it a well-balanced and refreshing wine.
The aroma exudes inviting notes of white peach, citrus zest, and a hint of fresh-cut grass.
I discovered this wine pairs exceptionally well with a goat cheese and arugula salad, as the wine's vibrant acidity complements the creaminess of the cheese and the peppery notes of the arugula really well.
Chile still offers exceptional value and at around $8, this is another that’s really hard to beat on price. A really solid, cheap Sauvignon Blanc that’s perfect for a night in front of the TV.
7. Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2021
This Californian Sauvignon Blanc from Geyser Peak is one that’s worth loading up on if you see it well under $10 (I’ve seen it as low as $8).
It has mouthwatering flavors of green apple, lime, and a hint of guava and the wine's vibrant acidity and mineral undertones make it refreshing and satisfying.
It’s got surprising balance for a budget wine and the flavors intertwine really well.
It goes great with a zesty ceviche, grilled fish, and sushi.
6. Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2021
This is one that you’ll need to be patient or even just lucky to find under $10 as it usually retails closer to $20. But, once in a while, you’ll see it in Costco for ten or eleven bucks.
If you’re ever fortunate enough to witness this event then you immediately do one thing. You buy! You buy it by the box!
It’s a delightful wine with pronounced flavors of passion fruit, grapefruit, and green bell pepper. It’s dry but really fruity and has a finish that lingers beautifully in the mouth.
Its racy acidity and mineral backbone create a crisp and invigorating experience and make it pair really well with fish, especially sushi or sashimi.
5. Rickshaw Sauvignon Blanc 2021
The Rickshaw Sauvignon Blanc isn’t a pure expression with 10% Muscat grapes used. What this does is inject wonderful aromatics into the glass. Fresh floral notes and flavors play with tropical lychee to create a really beautiful expression of Sauvignon Blanc.
I really enjoy that lychee note in New World Sauvignon Blancs and it’s here in abundance. It reminds me of time spent in Asia and evokes wonderful memories, as only the most meaningful wines do.
It’s a really easy-drinking wine that’s a definite crowd-pleaser. I wasn’t able to try it with food but anything fish or chicken that’s quite light would go down a treat.
4. Stoneburn Sauvignon Blanc 2019
We’re firmly in the top five now and these wines are seriously good value at less than ten bucks.
We’re back in beautiful Marlborough now for this delight from Stoneburn Winery.
This a delightful wine with bold flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, lime, and lychee. Its bright acidity and refreshing medium-length finish create a well-rounded experience.
I find it hard to put these fresh tropical fruit bombs down and even just nosing them makes me smile. They're so evocative of other sunnier places!
I recommend pairing this wine with something like a spicy shrimp taco dish but it goes really well with any kind of shellfish or light fish dishes.
3. Kirkland Signature Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021
The Kirkland Signature Series is not to be sniffed at when it comes to wine. The labels look terrible but what’s inside is usually incredible value for money.
Costco leverages their huge buying power to buy at a massive scale and keep retail costs low. And their wine buyers know their stuff, they really do.
The Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has all those typical Marlborough flavors, including gooseberry, passion fruit, and a touch of fresh herbs.
It has great acidity and quite a long crisp finish dominated by citrus and grapefruit.
It’s an excellent companion for a plate of oysters on the half shell, as the wine's acidity plays well with the dish's briny flavors.
At around $7 this is serious value for money. Find me a better expression of Sauvignon Blanc at this price and I’ll be shocked (but also very happy!).
2. Bogle Sauvignon Blanc 2021
The vintages are consistently good but the 2021 is the pick of the bunch at the moment.
Lively flavors of lemon zest, green apple, and a touch of fresh-cut grass give way to fresh pineapple at just the right time.
This wine is a great match for a chicken piccata dish or grilled prawns.
1. Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017
I’ve saved the best for last and it’s one you’ll need to be quick to stock up on at less than $10.
The Brancott Estate (in Marlborough, where else!) have been making amazing Sauvignon Blanc for years and I’ve chosen the 2017 because it’s the only one you can still get at this price.
Each vintage goes up in price as people catch on to this great wine (and Marlborough becomes more famous). The 2021 vintage retails for around $20 (it’s great too) and the 2022 won’t be any less, that’s for sure.
It’s full of typical Marlborough tropical fruit flavors like passion fruit and guava, along with a hint of green bell pepper. It’s acidic, citrusy, and very fruity.
At $10 it’s incredible value and I hope you leave enough for everybody else!
Have you tried these wines? What did you think? Or is there a budget Sauvignon Blanc that you want to share with the world?
Let’s get the discussion started in the comments section!