WE'RE a nation that loves a good barbecue, and there couldn't be a better time to get a head-start on one of the most important elements – the wines.

Here are five that we're enjoying outdoors that are readily available and all under a tenner.

The Big Gun Spanish Red, Central Spain (£5.49, Aldi)

A crowd-pleasing fruit bomb that's 'big' on flavour. Aromas of blackberry fruits and pepper meld with a sun-drenched juiciness that floods the palate. The sweetish, jammy finish keeps you coming back for more.

Les Jamelles Syrah 2018, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France (£7, Co-op)

This has a smooth feel with a fruity brightness (expect swathes of wild berries, spice, cinnamon and hints of violets), a delightful richness and enough structure to pair with barbecued meats.

Tesco Finest Fair Trade South African Pinotage 2017, South Africa (£7.50, Tesco)

South Africa's flagship red grape loves smoke, and the streak of smokiness flowing through this ripe, plummy, earthy, bushy red with a slightly dryish finish, makes this a great all-rounder to mop up sticky, sweet sauces - especially if you're planning to tap into the trend for smoking pork and ribs with oak, hickory and milder wood flavours.

Palataia Pinot Noir 2017, Pfalz, Germany (£9, Marks & Spencer)

Germany's floral, delicate pinot noirs are becoming increasingly popular, and this has ripe summer berries and raspberries galore. There's a silky elegance to the lush berry fruits, which are brightened by scented strawberry notes and a kiss of oak.

Quinta do Espirito Santo 2016, Vinho Regional de Lisboa, Portugal (£9.99, Laithwaite's)

A great match with lamb chops and potato salad, this is fragrant and gloriously rich. It shows damson fruits infused with warm spice on the nose with intense waves of blackberry, plummy-damson fruit and redcurrants with a hint of coffee and vanilla.