The Great 'Wine Tart' Hunt

MSE_Martin Posts: 8,273
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Wine clubs are popping up all over the place, from retailers to newspapers. Many have introductory offers giving big discounts for the first order. Which got me to thinking, can you 'wine tart', zipping around the different clubs to grab the intro deals? I thought I’d tap MoneySavers’ collective (un)consciousness to find your wine tart tips.

Please detail any wine grabbing discounts available from any sources. Of course many of these offers involve multiple ordering, so it’s a case of order the intro case then cancel the direct debit or you'll keep paying...

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  • I recently joined the Sunday Times Wine Club - no fee to join. I got an introductory case of 12 bottles for about £50 - all decent enough wine, I also got three free bottles of nice rioja. I have since ordered another case - agian all good stuff and with 6 free wine glasses. I have been very pleased with the service too - cases always arrive within a week and the telephone staff are very helpful.

    The best bargain came when I recommended my partner. He ordered 6 cheapish bottles and got a free bottles of the club Champaign. As a thank you I got a free bottle of Champaign and four free bottles of Rioja. The value of my free gift was over the value of his order.
  • jeppy
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    I ordered the Eclipse from Tesco (1/2 price at £57 for 12) last week, I used the 1000 points code, this code is for 12 bootles of wine, 6 must be champagne, but as this sparkling wine is made by moet and chandon the points went through.

    Equivalent of 12 bottles for £62 (inc postage) - £40 tesco rewards points (Iam saving for a holiday and very quickly too!!) = £12 for 12 bottles, tastes like champagne!!
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  • Bob63
    Bob63 Posts: 1,320 Forumite
    In the mail this morning NatWest Wine Club run by Australia Direct.

    The Australian Discovery case 7 x bottles of very nice looking Aussie wine - £44.99 +£5.99 p&p. Get 7 extra equally nice bottles free when you order.

    They then send you a specially selected case every 3 months but you can opt out at any time. I think it is only open to NatWest card holders. Call 0870 162 0333 quoting reference MW05. (damn those 0870 numbers...)

    However, I won't be buying it. I have never found any of these special offer cases to be especially good value.

    Having been a customer of Virgin Wines, Laithwaites (including Sunday Times / National Trust which they run), Spain Direct and Averys, I now buy most of my wine online at Tesco. I just wait until a tempting half-price or deal-of-the-day wine offer comes out and buy it. I have never been let down.

    I also regularly buy wine from Costco.

  • HLK
    HLK Posts: 978 Forumite
    Laithwaites wine plan can be cancelled at any time but when you first join you can purchase 15 bottles (mixed, red or white) for 39.99 plus postage. Just ordered mine - I will report back when I've sampled a couple . hic
    link is here

    I forgot to mention - this is £50 off your first case !!!! some what better than the £20 off first purchase voucher - anyway my FIFTEEN bottles arrives today! First glass of Cabernet S @ 15% takes pretty good to me!

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  • N9eav
    N9eav Posts: 4,742 Forumite
    I hav'nt seen too many that are less than £45 with postage, Still not bad but it's still £45.

    I find the best way is to go to Sainsbury, Tesco etc and buy some of their weekly offer wine.
    Last week they had a nice shiraz and a nice white for £2.99 reduced from £5.99.
    I get 10% off as my daughter works there. No postage and no min or max order
    so 12 x 2.69 = £32.28 - 5% for buying six or more bottles = £30.

    Good deal. However you may not have a staff discount card.
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  • MJay
    MJay Posts: 148
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    I was in Laithwaites and the wines I received were excellent- both in quality and value. My tip is to join any supermarket wine clubs still open. They cost nothing and Tesco's send money off vouchers / extra points offers everytime they send mailing. Best I've had recently was a voucher for £2 off any wine from Sainsburys to apologise that there wine mag was ceasing. They had a special offer wine that was £3 off in store so I used the voucher to buy a £6 bottle for 99p!!!
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  • There are lots of cashback opportunities on quidco:

    3% Tesco Wine

    Wine by the case delivered to any UK address! Great case deals, fantastic special offers and expert advice.

    5% Virgin Wines

    Virgin Wines is the UK's largest online wine retailer with over 500 wines available.

    5% Laithwaites

    Laithwaites is the UK's No.1 independent wine specialist. Our award winning website offers quality wines, champagnes, gi...

    5% Sainsbury's Wine

    Sainsbury's Wine offers great deals of up to half price on an exclusive range of wines. The range has been praised by cu...

    7.5% Majestic

    Majestic Wine Warehouses are the UK's biggest and best mixed case wine retailer with over 100 stores nationwide and an a...

    5% JohnLewis Wine

    Discover a whole new shopping experience and visit our department stores without leaving home. You'll find the same qual...

    4% Oddbins

    Purchase an award-winning range of wines, spirits and champagne from an award-winning wine merchant.

    6% is one of the UK’s top online wine merchants. We sell fantastic wines, great mixed cases and a wide range ...

    5% lastorders

    We've got all the drink you could possible want including: lager, ales, champagne, spirits, wine, alcopops and even soft...
  • I bought a box (6 bottles) of Wolf Blass Black Label from Sainsbury’s. There was only one box on the shelf with no price. So, I asked an assistant how much it was, he went to the manager and came back with a price of ₤24.99 for the box. I thought that was a good deal (especially for Wolf Blass) and bought the box.

    After coming home I did a quick search on the internet and found that the store manager had made a bit of a misprice. The wine is usually sold at ₤24.99 a bottle! So I got a deal of 6 for the price of 1. Not bad eh?

    Anyway, keep your eyes open at Sains for a similar Wolf Blass Black Label Box (very nice packaging) and perhaps you may get the same deal.
  • I've looked at loads of online/mailorder wine deals and none of them seem to beat the supermarket deals. Asda is one of my favourites as it has an ongoing 10% off deal for buying 6 bottles at a time. Couple this to the 3 for £10 deal means that you can get 6 bottles for £18 or less, i.e. £3.00 a bottle of a relatively nice wine which usually retails for upto £4.00 - OK its not half price like some instore promotions but who thinks up the prices anyway? And some of the wines on offer can be nasty.
    For me the South African Dumisani Pinotage Shiraz red ABV 14.5% is worth the £3.00 - or the Asda Cava after Christmas some stores were selling for £2.78 = £2.50 if you buy six at a time.

    Doesnt the law of the land say that a product must be on sale for a minimum of 28 days to ascertain a price before it can be classified as a SRP. Talk about something being open to abuse.
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  • I dont agree what you say about mailorder wine deals being a con. I have worked for a couple of mailorder wine suppliers and we always gave the normal selling price as honestly as we could. After gathering information about producer, vintage, region and then actually tasting the wine (the best bit!) we would between us come up with what we thought was a fair representation of the wines' normal selling price. If a customer was to call up and order a bottle of that wine they would pay that normal selling price, however, in any marketing activity we were selling a case of 12 bottles so you knock some off the price to make it more attractive.

    I never felt we were ripping people off, in fact the quality of the wine compared to supermarket bottles of the same price was better in my opinion.

    P.S. I'm a bit new to forums so hope I don't do this wrong!
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