The 11 Best Boxed Wines for Every Occasion

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Best Boxed Wine? Sounds like an oxymoron.

But it’s no secret that boxed wine is becoming more and more popular each year. In fact, it’s now one of the fastest growing categories of wine in the United States.

The Top Seven (7) boxed wine brands together grew 13.5% to 53.4 million cases in 2020, according to Impact Databank

And you are seeing more and more popular wineries getting into this space. That’s because boxed wine is convenient, affordable, and best of all, it can be delicious!

Also it’s better for the EARTH! Boxed wine is:

  • More environmentally-friendly
  • Lightweight, easy to carry, and less waste
  • Keeps wine fresher longer (up to 30 days to 6 weeks).
  • And typically more than 50% less carbon footprint than its glass bottle counterpart.

So whether you’re looking for a boxed red wine for a party or some white/rose wine to enjoy on a hot day, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for our list of the 11 best boxed wines for every occasion!

Table of Contents

1) Bota Box Nighthawk Red Blend (Best Red Blend)

bota box nighthawk red blend best boxed wine
  • Cost: ~$20
  • Region: California
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes: Blackberry jam, cherry, raspberry, chocolate, oak and hints of vanilla.

Bota Box is one of the largest brands for boxed wine. And their Nighthawk Red Blend is perfect for red wine lovers who love a smooth texture and dark fruits.

You will get aromas of ripe dark fruits, with hints of blackberry and black blueberry. On the palate, there are flavors of juicy plum, blackberry jam, chocolate, and a hint of baking spices. The finish is smooth with subtle notes of oak and spice.

2) Black Box Sangria

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  • Cost: ~$20
  • Region: California
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes: Juicy berries, tart citrus, and slightly sweet

Another popular boxed wine you can find at most wine stores or grocery stores. This fruit wine is perfect for summer days and outdoor barbecues, this Black Box Sangria is sure to please. This blend of juicy berries and tart citrus makes it both refreshing and slightly sweet.

You will find fruity aromas of red fruits like cherry and raspberry, as well as hints of citrus and cinnamon fill the glass. On the palate, you’ll get flavors of ripe berry, orange zest, tart fruits, and touches of spice with subtle sweetness.

Enjoy chilled or over ice with slices of fresh fruit for a refreshing experience.

3) Schplink Gruner Veltliner (Best Crisp White Wine)

Schplink Gruner Veltliner best boxed white wine
  • Cost: ~$30
  • Region: Niederösterreich, Weinviertel, Austria
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • Tasting Notes: Pear, green apple, lemon, white pepper, and minerals

This is one of the best boxed wines I have ever tasted! A Gruner Veltliner in my mind is very underrated or at least not as known to the US market. Gruner is a light-bodied white wine with a crisp acidity balanced by citrus notes, creating a lively and fresh finish.

And this 100% Gruner is a zesty and crisp white wine with aromas of pears, apples, and citrus. On the palate there are flavors of tart lemon, green apples, and ripe pear as well as hints of honey and herbs.

The finish has a touch of minerality that makes this one really stand out from other boxed wines. Just truly a fantastic quality boxed wine! Highly Recommend for any hot summer day!

4) Intruso Monastrell (Best Old World)

Intruso Monastrell
  • Cost: ~$22
  • Region: Murcia, Spain 
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes: Ripe blackberry, raspberry, cherry, licorice and spices.

Intruso Monastrell is a top-notch vegan red wine from the old world Spanish region of Murcia. Monastrell (aka Mourvèdre) is a wine grape variety that is known for its juicy dark fruits, chocolate, pepper spices and smoky notes.

This wine has deep aromas of ripe blackberry, raspberry, licorice, cherry, and hints of oak. On the palate there are flavors of blackberry jam and plum with touches of vanilla and mocha from the oak aging. The finish is smooth with lingering hints of spice and dark fruit.

Another quality boxed red wine for any occasion and pairs nicely with grilled meats, hard cheeses, tomato-based pasta dishes or paella. Enjoy

5) Juan Gil Shania Monastrell

juan gil Monastrell Shania boxed wine
  • Cost: ~$25
  • Region: Jumilla, Spain
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Tasting Notes: Blackberry, blueberry, plum, dried red fruits, oak and baking spices.

Juan Gil is a winery in the Spanish region of Jumilla that produces some of the best Monastrell wines in Spain.

This is another organic wine that has aromas of ripe blackberry, blueberry, plum, dried red fruits and spices. And on the palate there is a bright acidity with flavors of dark fruits and smoky oak with notes of baking spices. The finish is smooth and dry with some tannins.

All in all, this boxed wine is solid. And if it’s not to your taste – no worries! Simply use it for a delightful Sangria instead!

6) Really Good Boxed Wine Cabernet Sauvignon (Best Paso Robles)

  • Cost: ~$65
  • Region: Paso Robles, California
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Tasting Notes: Plum, cherry, blackberry, vanilla and a hint of cloves

This vegan, gluten-free, and low sugar 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles is one of the better boxed red wines I have tried. The price is a little higher than others but I think it’s justified!

Aromas of ripe plum, cherry, blackberry and a hint of cloves fill the glass. And on the palate there are flavors of dark berry fruits with touches of vanilla, tobacco, and subtle oak. The finish is smooth and elegant with just enough tannins to keep it balanced.

And this wine is pairs well with meat dishes like beef, pork, lamb or game.

7) Lunaria Pinot Grigio (Best Pinot Grigio)

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  • Cost: ~$42
  • Region: Abruzzo, Italy
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes: Apple, stone fruits, peach, apricot and floral

This Lunaria Pinot Grigio is a fantastic value and a great boxed wine! Produced with certified biodynamic agriculture and organically grown grapes, this boxed wine is sure to please your taste buds!

First of all, the box is aesthetically pleasing, with a convenient handle for easy carrying! On the nose there are fresh aromas of apple, floral, and stone fruits. And then there are crisp flavors of green apples, intense citrus notes, peach and apricots with some minerality in the background. Finally the finish is dry and refreshing with a nice acidity that lingers on the tongue.

This wine is super versatile and works well for any occasion! So try it with fish, grilled veggies, or lighter pasta dishes. Another boxed wine I highly recommend!

8) House Wine Riesling (Best Semi-Sweet)

house wine riesling best semi-sweet boxed wine
  • Cost: ~$16
  • Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
  • ABV: 11%
  • Tasting Notes: Peach, honey, apple, apricot and pineapple.

If you’re looking for a good off-dry (medium sweet) Riesling in a box, House Wine has got you covered! This Washington-based wine company is known for their value-driven wines and this Riesling is no exception.

On the nose there are aromas of peach, honey, apricot and floral notes. And in the glass you get flavors of juicy peaches, honeydew melon, ripe green apples with a touch of sweetness. The finish has a nice bright acidity that gives the wine a crisp finish.

This Riesling is incredibly versatile and perfect for any occasion. And it pairs well with lightly spiced dishes like sushi, mild cheeses, or even your favorite dessert.

9) Franzia Pink Moscato (Best Sweet)

franzia pink moscato best sweet boxed wine
  • Cost: ~$18 for 5L box
  • Region: California, USA
  • ABV: 10%
  • Tasting Notes: Strawberry, cherry, peaches and hint of apple.

If you’re looking for a sweet boxed wine – look no further than Franzia’s Pink Moscato! This juicy, fruity and sweet pink wine is perfect for any occasion. And the price is right too!

The aromas are of ripe peaches, apricot and light floral notes. And on the palate there is sweetness with flavors of red fruits, honey, and melon.

This wine pairs well with desserts or even a nice fruit salad. And it’s also great for just sipping on its own. So if you’re looking for an affordable sweet wine in a box, this is your best bet!

10) Kirkland Signature California Cabernet Sauvignon (Best Costco)

  • Cost: ~$14
  • Region: California, USA
  • ABV: 13%
  • Tasting Notes: Dark fruit, black cherry, pepper, earth and oak

Kirkland Signature’s California Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best boxed wines you can get from Costco! This full-bodied red has rich dark fruit flavors and a notes of oak.

Aromas of cherries, dark fruits and pepper are present on the nose. And the palate is medium to full-bodied with slightly sweet notes of dark cherry, blackberry, and currant that are balanced by some subtle tannins and oak notes. And the finish is dry, smooth, and lingers with some bittersweet chocolate notes.

This Costco Cabernet Sauvignon is ideal for accompanying robust dishes and large gatherings ,so make sure you bring it along to your next BBQ!

11) Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rosé (Best Premium Rose)

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  • Cost: ~$95
  • Region: Paso Robles, California
  • ABV: 13%
  • Tasting Notes: Pink Grapefruit, peach, raspberry and floral aromas with underlying mineral notes.

This Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Rosé delivers a delicious pink-hued box of wine that is full of flavor and character. On the nose, it has bright aromas of ripe strawberries, raspberries and grapefruit with some underlying floral notes.

On the palate there are flavors of fresh strawberries, watermelon, peaches and tart citrus balanced by refreshing acidity. The mouthwatering finish is dry, fresh and pleasing with chalky mineral notes at the end.

This blended Rose pairs well with light dishes like sushi, light tapas, or fried foods like fried chicken. Or just enjoy it on its own for a delightful afternoon porch pounder.

One of my favorite box wines that I have ever tasted! So if you’re looking for a premium and delicious Rose in a box, this is your best bet!

FAQs

What is Boxed Wine?

Boxed wine (aka BIB) is a type of wine that typically comes in a bag that is inside of a box that is made of plastic or cardboard with an airtight spout. Basically, boxed wine is wine in a box!

It is convenient and cost-effective, making it popular among casual wine drinkers. The boxes are typically sold in 3 liter (L) sizes, but can also come in 1.5L, 5L and 6L sizes as well.

What is BIB?

Boxed wine is also known as BIB (Bag in a Box). Because the box is made of cardboard, it is more environmentally friendly than traditional glass bottles. Additionally, the bag allows for a longer shelf-life and easy storage. Furthermore, BIBs are often cheaper than bottled wines due to the lower cost of materials used in production.

How many bottles of wine are in a boxed Wine?

Each standard wine bottle is 750mL.

  • 4 bottles of wine in 1 (3L) boxed wine. 
  • 8 bottles of wine in 1 (6L) boxed wine.
  • 2 bottles of wine in 1 (1.5L) boxed wine.

How does wine last longer in boxed wine?

Boxed wine stays fresh longer than bottled wine because the airtight bags keep air away from the wine. Additionally, the packaging helps to slow down oxidation, which helps to preserve the flavor and aroma of the wine for a longer period of time.

How long does boxed wine last?

Boxed wine is designed to stay fresh for up to 4 to 6 weeks after opening. However, in my experience it’s best to consume the wine within a few days of opening for optimal taste and quality.

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