Best bargain wines from Aldi and Lidl’s autumn ranges

John Wilson: Aldi has a solid range of affordable white wines, while Lidl’s Italian cellar is well worth exploring

At its recent autumn collection tasting, Aldi presented a very solid range of white wines, almost all priced at €10 or less. Lidl led with its French wine cellar, but I was more impressed with its Italian cellar, which included a few very tasty wines. Again, the white wines were the stars for me.

The two Aldi wines featured here are new to their range and both are well worth buying. The Austrian Riesling is a real bargain, and should appeal to anyone who enjoys crisp, dry white wines. I would also recommend its Specially Selected Marsanne (€8.99). Fans of sparkling wine should note the return of the Aldi Crémant du Jura. This has always been a bargain. The new version is even better but, sadly, more expensive too (€17.99). It is not a huge jump to their excellent Veuve Monsigny Champagne (€21.99).

From Lidl, I would also take a look at its fresh, light Muscadet Bon Vallon (€9.99) and the fruit-filled Pétale de Roche Viognier (€9.99). However, my favourite white wine at the recent Lidl tasting was its Roero Arneis (€1.99), a delicious Italian wine, which lands on Thursday, October 5th. It too offers great value for money. That date will also see the return of the crisp, mineral Greco di Tufo (€11.99) and the food-friendly Poggio Civitelle Orvieto Classico (€11.99). Lidl will drip-feed us its autumn range throughout October with new limited-edition releases every few weeks.

Pinot Blanc Jean Cornelius 2022, Alsace

12%, €12.99

Plenty of rich, almost opulent ripe peaches and with good, refreshing acidity. Enjoy by itself, with creamy pasta or grilled chicken.


From Lidl

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2021

12.5%, €11.99

Fresh and vibrant with crunchy red apple fruits and a bone-dry finish. Try it with baked ham, charcuterie and soft tangy cheeses.

From Lidl

Specially Selected Austrian Riesling

12.5%, €9.99

Concentrated, fresh, zippy green apple fruits with citrus peel. Try it with smoked salmon or sautéed plaice. Fantastic value for money.

From Aldi

Specially Selected Chilean Chardonnay 2022, Casablanca

14%, €9.49

A lively, fresh, unoaked chardonnay brimming with mouth-watering clean apple fruits. Serve as an aperitif, with prawns or lighter chicken dishes.

From Aldi