31 Good White Wines for $20 or Less

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If you think cheap white wine is only for grandma’s spritzer, think again. As a wine and spirit educator and judge, I’ve encountered hundreds of wines working with Ultimate Beverage Challenge and selling and purchasing for restaurants and stores. Based on my experience, there are white wines costing no more than $20 to satisfy almost anyone’s palate. At Cheapism, we’ve spoken with experts and wine vendors, read reviews, and held tastings to round up the best white wines that achieve a certain level of quality at a low price. Often the trick is to look beyond the chardonnays and pinot grigios — though those popular white wines are here, too — to less common varieties of grapes, such as melon de bourgogne or viura. Finally, if you can’t find these popular white wines in your local wine shop, check larger retailers like Total Wine or BevMo. Looking for some suggestions for reds as well? Be sure to check out 50 Great-Tasting Red Wines Under $20.

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Royal Tokaji The Oddity Furmint
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Royal Tokaji the Oddity Furmint

Est. Price: $20

From the undisputed king of the sweet wines of Hungary, Royal Tokaji, comes this dry white wine varietal made from the furmint grape. The wine is cheerful with plenty of citrus, herbal, and pear notes that make it exciting to sip. It’s ideal alongside appetizers and lighter fare.

Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli
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Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli

Est. Price: $20

Rkatsiteli is an ancient grape variety from the Black Sea region in Georgia (the country, not the state). It has flourished in the Finger Lakes region in New York, making deliciously complex wines. From a true pioneer of domestic wine, this bottle offers layers of fruit, floral notes, and earthy undertones all in balance with a dry finish.

CVNE Monopole
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Cvne Monopole

Est. Price: $14

A white wine from the Rioja region of Spain, made from the viura grape, this is an all-purpose white wine. The flavors of apples, pears, and lemon make this an easy substitute for any typical white wine for drinking on its own or alongside light fare.

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Hiruzta Txakoli
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Hiruzta Txakoli

Est. Price: $17

Txakoli is a style of wine from the Spanish Basque country. The wines are light with a slightly airy or fizzy texture and flavors of sea salt, brine, almonds, and herbal freshness. Pair this with salty and crunchy foods and anything from the sea.

Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio Bianco
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Mastroberardino Lacryma Christi Del Vesuvio Bianco

Est. Price: $20

The Italian region of Campania is better known for its red wines, but the whites can be complex as well. Stone fruits and aromatic pear and floral notes make this wine bold enough to stand up to dishes with similar intensity.

Boutari Moschofilero
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Boutari Moschofilero

Est. Price: $15

Greek wines tend to get lost in the shuffle, which is a shame considering the value they offer, especially when it comes to easy-drinking whites. This one is made from 100% moschofilero, is aged in stainless steel for three months, and has crisp citrus notes with some tropical fruit undertones and a zesty mineral finish.

Gianni Gagliardo Fallegro Favorita
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Gianni Gagliardo Fallegro Favorita

Est. Price: $17

Hailing from the Piedmont region of Italy, this wine made from the vermentino grape is a crowd pleaser. Friendly aromas of pears, apples, and other white-fleshed fruit are supported by earthy, flinty minerality. Drink this on its own or with mushroom dishes.

Joel Gott Unoaked California Chardonnay
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Joel Gott Unoaked California Chardonnay

Est. Price: $15

A shining example of clean fruit from California, this wine is juicy, with a brightness that keeps it fresh. Though its flavors are those of predominantly unoaked chardonnay, this wine spends a small amount of its aging process in 1-year-old French oak barrels. The natural richness of the grape comes through, making the wine a good candidate to enjoy with food.

J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay
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J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay

Est. Price: $14

A full-bodied and full-flavored chardonnay from California, this wine is balanced between elegance and power. The rich fruit takes on a tropical note while the texture gets some extra creaminess from aging on the lees, or yeast cells. A slight toastiness comes in from gentle oak exposure.

Decoy Sauvignon Blanc
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Decoy Sauvignon Blanc

Est. Price: $18

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.

Gazela Vinho Verde
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Gazela Vinho Verde

Est. Price: $8

Vinho verde stands out from other Portuguese white wines for its light and zesty qualities. Often low in alcohol, it’s kind of like the beer of the wine world. The flavors are bright and easy, with some citrus, sea salt, and fresh spring breeze.

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Wagner Vineyards Dry Riesling
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Wagner Vineyards Dry Riesling

Est. Price: $16

Riesling from the Finger Lakes of New York is one of the most prominent examples of domestic wine, and Wagner is one of the best white wine producers of this style. This reliable, dry white has become an iconic staple across the country for its balance, full of stone fruit flavors and earthy complexity.

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Indaba Chenin Blanc
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Indaba Chenin Blanc

Est. Price: $10

The value-driven South African brand behind this wine does not disappoint. Indaba Chenin Blanc is dry yet floral, and features flavors such as lemon, apricot, and cardamom. Also produced in France and the U.S., Chenin blanc has become the iconic white wine of South Africa. 

Castillo Perelada Blanc Pescador
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Castillo Perelada Blanc Pescador

Est. Price: $10

A top-selling favorite in Spain, this is one of the best white wines if you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve alternative to Champagne or prosecco. Made from the same grapes as cava, the country’s signature sparkling wine, and sporting a slight effervescence and a balanced and earthy flavor profile, this bottle merges citrus flavors with fresh herbs. Those flavors make it one of the best white wines on our list to pair with fish and other seafood. 

Bandit Pinot Grigio
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Bandit Pinot Grigio

Est. Price: $9

A great value in California pinot grigio, non-vintage Bandit Pinot Grigio comes in a 1-liter Tetra Pak — larger than the usual 750 ml bottle. This simple wine is a clean and crisp dry white, with a hint of fruity tartness. 

Big House White
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Big House White

Est. Price: $9

A non-vintage blend of grenache, malvasia bianca, and orange muscat yields a dry wine that’s pleasant and fruity. Exuding floral aromas and sweet citrus flavors, it can stand on its own or accompany salads, fish, and poultry.

Domaine L'Enclos Colombard Ugni Blanc
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Domaine L'Enclos Colombard Ugni Blanc

Est. Price: $9

From Côtes de Gascogne in southwest France, this wine blends two grapes (colombard and ugni blanc) that are not associated with single-variety wines. As a result they are sold for cheap, and the winemaker passes on the low cost to consumers. The wine is crisp, similar to sauvignon blanc, and tastes of green apple and citrus fruit.

Crane Lake Pinot Grigio
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Crane Lake Pinot Grigio

Est. Price: $6

California’s Crane Lake is a go-to producer for serious bargains that retain varietal character. While light and fairly simple, the wine retains an earthy and herbal character that unmistakably smacks of the namesake grape. In the category of cheap pinot grigios, this is one of the best wines around.

Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling
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Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling

Est. Price: $12

Kung Fu Girl from Charles Smith Wines is an easy-to-love, slightly sweet riesling, an often misunderstood grape variety. This mildly complex wine offers a touch of juicy fruit with a crisp, minerally core. It’s one of the best wines on this list to pair with spicy food.

Flip Flop Riesling
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Flipflop Riesling

Est. Price: $7

This casual wine from California features juicy flavors of peaches and lemony citrus that strike a balance of sweet, tart, and refreshing. It manages to be both tasty and reliably available under $10. Bonus points for being one of our best wines that’s also easy to open, with a screw cap.

Cono Sur Bicicleta Sauvignon Blanc
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Cono Sur Bicicleta Sauvignon Blanc

Est. Price: $9

From Chile and a producer boasting sustainable practices comes this deliciously zippy sauvignon blanc. It’s another juicy sauvignon blanc that’s clean, crisp, and zesty, with grapefruit, citrus, and grassy notes.

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La Vieille Ferme Blanc
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La Vieille Ferme Blanc

Est. Price: $9
Made from the varietals bourboulenc, grenache blanc, ugni blanc, and vermentino, and finished in stainless steel tanks, this wine from France’s Rhone Valley is characterized by lemon-citrus notes, hints of pear, apple, and peach, with a measured mineral finish. 

Forty Ounce Muscadet
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Forty Ounce Muscadet

Est. Price: $11
This wine, made in France’s Loire Valley using traditional sustainable farming and vinification methods, comes from the melon de bourgogne grape. Muscadets are fresh and acidic with smoky and saline aromas and some floral character. Forty Ounce is a wine brand with clever marketing, as its wines are sold in 40-ounce beer bottles. Pair this popular dry white with raw oysters. 

Floriana Grüner Veltliner
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Floriana Grüner Veltliner

Est. Price: $6
Hungarian-grown grüner veltliner grapes make this very reasonably priced wine zesty and light, with green apple, lemon, and mild white pepper flavors. You won’t find this at your local wine shop or Total Wine — it’s sold exclusively by Trader Joe’s. On many top five lists of the best white wines — at least the cheap ones — this easy-drinking wine pairs well with just about any cuisine. 

Michel Gassier Nostre Pais
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Michel Gassier Nostre Pais

Est. Price: $18
This complex white wine mainly made from grenache blanc, roussanne, and clairette grapes is produced in France’s Costières de Nîmes region between the ancient city of Nîmes and the western Rhône delta. Its juicy flavors come through as ripe summer fruits along with lingering aromas of wildflowers. Only about 10% of the wine brands made in this region are white, so this one is a treat.

Ca' Momi "Bianco di Ca' Momi"
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Ca’ Momi “Bianco di Ca’ Momi”

Est. Price: $15
This Napa Valley wine is a blend of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, sémillon, and pinot grigio, and is billed as a wine for “the patio, the pool, and the park.” In other words, this wine pick is entirely quaffable, with juicy melon and crisp citrus notes mingling with a hint of spicy poached pear. 

Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc
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Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc

Est. Price: $8
This New Zealand-made medium-bodied, popular white wine is crisp and fruity, with notes of tropical passion fruit as well as gooseberries. It’s made in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, an area known for its sauvignon blancs, pinot noirs, and chardonnays. 

Hugel Les Amour Pinot Blanc
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Hugel Les Amour Pinot Blanc

Est. Price: $12
Pinot blanc is the result of pinot noir vines experiencing a genetic mutation. This bottle, from France’s Alsace region, is juicy with an underlying creaminess. Expect flavors of sweet corn, fresh apple, and tangerine in this popular white wine. 

Chateau Palene Bordeaux Blanc
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Chateau Palene Bordeaux Blanc

Est. Price: $10
Named for the French region where it’s produced, this white Bordeaux is a medium-bodied wine with hints of citrus, pineapple, and peach. It’s crisp with a mineral and slightly acidic finish. Like all white Bordeaux wines, this one is a combination of sauvignon blanc and sémillon grapes. 

Marqués de Cáceres Verdejo
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Marqués de Cáceres Verdejo

Est. Price: $13
With an intense bouquet of apples, pears, and white peaches, this Spanish-made white wine has notes of minerality and herbaceous depth. Its clean and crisp flavors give way to a minimally tart finish. 

14 Hands Chardonnay
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14 Hands Chardonnay

Est. Price: $14
Made in Washington state, this creamy chardonnay has notes of sweet oak and spice with a citrusy and peachy creaminess. A bit of woodsy depth is provided by its aging process, with 15% fermented in neutral oak. Serve this with a soft cheese plate.

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