Best White Wines Under $20 For 2023: Top 5 Bottles Most Recommended By Experts

Good white wine can be cheap, and cheap white wine can be great. So, we rounded up the five best bottles for people with expensive taste on a budget — and we mean no more than $20 — according to expert reviews. Because after all, most of us can’t afford the super-pricey wines like a bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet, which will set you back $5,000!

OK, pick your jaw up off the floor after reading that price and fear not. There are white wines under $20 that even sommeliers you know, the wine experts would love to sip. And if you’re reading this list, hoping to sip some high-quality, low-cost white wine, we’re willing to bet you’re an extrovert and a night owl. Why?

A survey of 2,000 Americans found stark differences in personality between people who prefer red wine and those who’d rather have a cold glass of white, with white wine connoisseurs more likely to consider themselves extroverts and night owls. They also tend to be perfectionists, like cats more than dogs, enjoy listening to jazz music, and are more likely to identify as curious and sarcastic individuals. And we’re curious to know if you agree? Let us know in the comments what you think.

Now that we’ve tried to guess your personality, are you ready for the list of bottles that won’t break the bank? Grab your cat, and check out our list below of the five best white wines that are $20 and under (all steals, according to wine experts!). You can read about the best red wines under $20 as well!

The List: Winning White Wines, $20 And Under, According To Experts

1. Decoy Sauvignon Blanc

“Netflix and Chill” has a new meaning, per Iowa Girl Eats. She enjoys drinking a chilled glass of Decoy while binging TV, writing, “Decoy Sauvignon Blanc is my go-to ‘I’ve had an insane day, haven’t sat down since 7 a.m., and need something to relax with while watching incredibly trashy television after the children are in bed’ wine. I don’t cook with this wine (and hate sharing!) because it’s just so good by the glass. I’ve told all my white wine-loving friends to try it!”

Decoy Sauvignon Blanc tops the list of best white wines under $20.
Decoy Sauvignon Blanc tops the list of best white wines $20 and under.

Adds Cheapism: “This is a rich style of sauvignon blanc from California. The flavors are focused on fruit, with notes of Meyer lemon, lemon curd, and stone. This juicy sauvignon blanc remains bright and tangy with a dry white finish after its generous fruitiness.”

2. Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc

This is a light white wine that’s also light on the wallet. Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc was one of 2022’s Decoded Wine Award winners by Dan Murphy’s in Australia. “A bouquet of intense and lifted tropical fruits and a very juicy and vibrant palate makes for a punchy and contemporary style of Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc,” the Dan Murphy’s review says.

Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc made the list of best white wines $20 and under.
Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc.

This wine has the bonus of sustainability, according to WineO Mark: “It’s a sustainable wine made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes, bottled in lightweight recycled glass from New Zealand and stamped with labels made of renewable sugarcane.” 

3. Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages Chardonnay, France

Taste of Home makes our mouth water with their description of this white wine, writing, “Burgundy on a budget? Yes, please! This is a lovely Chardonnay from the Macon region of southern Burgundy. It boasts plenty of green apple, lemon, white tree blossoms, almond, a hint of toast and vanilla notes.” 

Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages
Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages

It’s a modern marvel, according to Athens Banner-Herald: “Every time we drink this chardonnay from France’s massive Maconnais region we marvel at its value. Clean, pure fruit character, medium body, lean acidity and crisp apple and mineral flavors.” 

4. Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 

This wine is a burst of fruity freshness, straight from New Zealand.

“A classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the famed Marlborough region with telltale grapefruit aromas that pounce out of the glass and make a delicious second debut on the palate. Citrus-centered fruit wrapped around a tight core of refreshing acidity and a crisp, dry finish give this Sauvignon Blanc a versatile food pairing appeal that partners well with fresh oysters, summer salads, grilled shrimp and a variety of easy appetizers,” according to Best Wines Under 20.

 

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

WikiliQ also comments on the fruit flavors: “Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc White Wine is fresh and juicy with ripe, tropical flavors of passion fruit, melon, and stone fruit. Each sip of wine reveals classic Marlborough sauvignon blanc aromas of lifted citrus, tropical fruit, and crushed herbs, along with vibrant acidity and plenty of weight and length on the palate.” 

5. Château du Cleray Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

The Baltimore Sun recommends this wine, with or without oysters: “The exquisite yeasty, mineral flavors of this Loire wine suggest a non-sparkling version of Bollinger champagne. With its full body and complex, toasty flavors, it’s a Muscadet that’s not just for sloshing down oysters. Drink this year.”

And Toronto Life highly suggests chilling out with a glass, writing, “Made from the melon de Bourgogne grape, this is a slim, tart-edged, mouth-watering white with slightly warmed green apple, grapefruit and mineral aromas. It’s light- to medium-bodied with fleshiness, a touch of spritz and a bitter, saline finish. 

Château du Cleray Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Château du Cleray Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

What’s your favorite white wine under $20? Let us know in the comments below!

You may also be interested in our best vodkas or best craft beers.

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Comments

  1. OhMyGoodness YES to Château de Cléray Muscadet! I’ve been loving it since probably before you were born. I collect and cultivate wines, both white and red, under $20. My favorite, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has long been Babich. Check them out! I also look for bargains everywhere. Alsatian white wines are outrageously delicious. Pinot blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling. You can really not go wrong with them. Also Crémant d’Alsace for an affordable sparkling. And Gruet -their whole line of sparkling wines are a phenominal value. All under $20!

  2. Napa Valley wine called bread and butter. Chardonnay is excellent and is purchased for $10-$11 a bottle and taste like a $30-$50 wine.

  3. Sweet Cheeks winery in Oregon has one— a wonderful Vintage Resiling … “notes of honey, candied pineapple, and hints of orange blossom”. (I believe it’s 2018?)
    And the other is a fantastic find from a small family winery in Cheshire Oregon—they produced a Pinot Noir Blanc that is delightful! Sweet and tart, with aromas of melon and juicy pear, with a toasty, golden delicious finish.

  4. Costamolimo Veementino di Sardegna
    Chiarlo Gavi
    Palagetto Vernaccia di San Gimignano
    Saint-Bris Sauvignon Blanc
    San Angelo Pinot Grigio

  5. Bread and Butter Chardonnay is our winner every time. It’s from Napa, CA. Rich vanilla, toasted oak and cream. And it’s only around $13.

  6. Two great WA state, reasonably priced whites:

    Thurston Wolfe PGV – Pinot Gris and Viognier blend;

    Naches Heights Pinot Gris

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