This is How Much a Bottle of Wine Costs in Your State

By Kalina Mackay

Whether there’s a special occasion or not, sometimes a bottle of wine is just what the doctor ordered to unwind from a hectic lifestyle. No matter if your go-to is white, red, or rosé, we all have a trusted beverage of choice that we can always count on to boost our mood. But exactly how much does it cost? 

Our team collected data to determine the cost of an average bottle of wine in each state. We selected a red, white, and rosé wine from VinePair’s list of top Supermarket Wines,  excluding the high-end bottles typically reserved for special occasions. We then found the prices for up to 10 zip codes in each state and averaged them together to determine which states are the cheapest and most expensive to purchase wine. Here’s what we found:

There are significant differences in prices of wine depending on which state you’re buying it in. Massachusetts comes in as the cheapest state for wine, with the average bottle costing just $10.97. Behind that is Maryland ($11.14), Delaware ($11.31), New Mexico ($11.43), and Connecticut ($11.47). If you’re looking to save money, with the exception of New Mexico, the northeast is the place to go. 

The same bottles of wine can cost nearly $5 more depending on the state they’re purchased in. The most expensive place to buy wine is Mississippi, where the average bottle of wine costs $15.51. Georgia is the only other state with an average over $15, costing an estimated $15.16. 

Of course, not all wines are equal. Overall, the Sauvignon Blanc was the cheapest bottle of wine we looked at. In seven states, the average bottle of white wine costs less than $10. The cheapest state is Massachusetts ($7.97), followed by New Mexico ($8.35), Maryland ($8.47), and Delaware ($8.97). 

Four states – Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Alabama – are tied as the most expensive places to buy white wine with the average bottle costing $13.99. 

On the other hand, the Cabernet Sauvignon was the most expensive of the three bottles. It costs approximately $19.99 in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Georgia. 

The cheapest places to buy red wine are Missouri ($13.99), Hawaii ($14.66), and Rhode Island ($14.82) – all of which are still as or more expensive than the most expensive bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. 

The cost of rosé seems to be the most variable. It’s most expensive in Mississippi ($17.73), Tennessee ($17.63), and North Dakota ($15.73). However, it can be found for under $10 in 5 states – Massachusetts ($9.97), Connecticut ($9.97), New Jersey ($9.98), Delaware ($9.98), and Maryland ($9.99). 

No matter what you’re drinking, there’s no shame in trading a night out on the town for a cozy evening in with your favorite movie and bottle of wine. Whether it’s a special day or you’ve just had a long week, there’s always a good reason to fill your glass. 

Methodology 

We found the prices from national or regional retailers in up to 10 zip codes in each state for a 750ml bottle of Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc White, Louis M Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon Red, and Bieler Pere et Fils Sabine Rosé. These wines were selected from VinePair’s list of top Supermarket Wines. The zip codes chosen were a mix of urban and rural areas to get a representation of different parts of each state. For the overall price, we averaged the prices of the three wines together and rounded to the nearest cent. The numbers reflect prices only, taken from the retailers, and do not reflect any additional taxes or fees, such as recycling fees. 

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