coinsLet’s raise a glass to frugality. Because good wine needn't be an expensive business – it is still possible to get yourself something decent to slurp for under a fiver. But there is a slight drawback; you’ll no longer have the run of all the supermarket wine aisles.

coop logoAldi, the supermarket that likes to offer ‘exceptional quality wines at unbelievable value’ comes out top for wines under £3.99 but if you want a bit more sophistication in the glass and in your wallet then it has to be the Co-op. Their range of own-brand wines, many of which are fairly traded, are tops for taste at £5 a bottle.

So if you don’t mind your wine choice being a bit limited, but still tasty, here are my top ten bargain seasonal sippers.

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£3.99 and under

There are still some good bottles to be found that cost the same as a couple of National Lottery tickets.

Aldi Budavar Hungarian Chardonnay


Floral aromas matched to light melon and sherbet flavours. Simple and quaffable.

Aldi Baron Saint Jean French Vins de Pays Blanc


A wine that needs food to bring out the best in its light fruit flavours: apple, lemon, melon and almonds are all light and refreshing.

Aldi Cambalala South African Chenin Blanc


The banana and melon flavours are equal to any creamy curries you care to match with them.

Aldi San Lenone Italian Toscana Rosso


Simple sweet blackberry flavours.

Muro di Vino Italian Barbera

£3.99 Co-op (down from £7.99 until end of May)

Creamy cherry flavours with a hint of nutmeg at the end. Lacks oomph though so don’t try matching it to anything more flavourful than Italian cheese on toast.

£5.99 and under

There are a few fruity, slurpable wines among the forgettable masses.

coop wineCo-op Argentine Fairtrade Bonarda Shiraz


Why does the Co-op sell anyone else’s wine when their own-label stuff is so good? Blackberry and black cherry flavours with extras of tobacco and marzipan. Posh stuff. Buy all that you can.

Tesco Argentine Malbec


Okay so a wine from Tesco slipped in, but it’s pretty good so it deserves a mention. Flavours of damson, cherry and blackberry crumble with a topping of caramel. Mmm.

Aldi Vina Decana Spanish Reserva


Get this one while you can as its recent £1 price hike suggests it may soon move out of the £5 and under bargain section. But it’s still worth it: smoky dark chocolate and cherry flavours are a pretty sophisticated find in a wine at £4.99.

Aldi Macon Villages French Chardonnay


Fresh apple and pebble flavours. Reminiscent of seaside picnics.

Co-op Argentine Fairtrade Pinot Grigio


This one just slips over the £5 barrier but as its apricot, banana and lime flavours just keep going and going this wine calls out for slurping. Now. So get on with it.