Best Value Wines for Warm Weather


If you’re like me you are likely to buy a mixed case of wine to enjoy when the weather is warm and social occasions are aplenty.

All the wines I’ve  included here are available from Dan Murphy’s online as it is the most widely distributed and one of the best-value major wine retailers in Australia. There are plenty of other great options out there for buying wine, but I wanted to focus on one of the retailers that most people will be familiar with, to show what gems can be found in terms of value.

The links below are affiliate links, which means I may get a commission if you decide to purchase the wines online from these links.  However,  none of the prices have been increased to compensate me - they are the same prices anyone would get by visiting the website.

So, if you find this post valuable, feel free to go ahead and order some wine online via these links. Or you may prefer to shop in-store. Either way, I hope it helps you get the best value and the best wine for those warm weather and special occasions. Enjoy!



Brown Brothers Prosecco


This a great refreshing, clean and easy drinking sparkling – everything Prosecco should be, without having to ship it half way around the world. A significant reduction from its cellar door price makes this the best sub-$15 sparkling on offer.

Brown Brothers NV


From my research this is the best value, most complex and most awarded sparkling wine under $20


House of Arras Brut Elite NV


My pick for a gift or to bring to a special occasion – this Tasmanian gem will compare favourably against many more expensive sparkling wines from Champagne. A wine to be savoured, and great value for the quality on offer.


Oakridge Over The Shoulder Pinot Grigio


This winery has been highly rated over and over in recent years and their Pinot Grigio carries all the hallmarks of the quality they are renowned for. A great example of what the variety is capable of, for under $20.


Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc


If you like classic Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc with aromas jumping out of the glass, but with complexity and elegance then go no further than the Catalina Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is “elegant, refined and tightly bound” according to Raymond Chan. Great value at under $21.


Innocent Bystander Moscato


This has been singled out as outstanding by a range of reviewers. The reviews on the Dan Murphy’s page speak for themselves. There are plenty of many cheap and nasty Moscatos out there – this is the exception. And from a winery with a great reputation for quality and value.

Charles Melton Rose Of Virginia Rosé


The Charles Melton is a highly regarded classic that offers complexity and elegance.  Perfect to take to a nice lunch or afternoon Christmas event.  It’s in the higher price range but is much more complex than your average Rosé .



Yalumba Y Series Riesling


Normally I wouldn’t recommend a varietal wine without a specific growing region, but this one cries out in terms of value for money. Despite its sub $9 price, it has been rated very highly by multiple prominent reviewers. Dry and citrusy but full of flavour and great for warm weather and / or spicy food.


MadFish Gold Turtle Chardonnay


Well rated by two of the most prominent industry wine reviewers, this screams out value for money. It brings in the rich flavours of Margaret River to produce Chardonnay of astounding value at under $14.



De Bortoli Deen Vat 5 Botrytis Semillon (375mL)


The De Bortoli Noble One is the benchmark in ‘Stickies’ – this is the younger sibling of the Noble One. The De Bortoli Deen Vat 5 Botrytis Semillon (375mL) is a no-brainer at around $12 to finish off any great meal. Highly regarded among the reviews, good value and from a great-name winery.