Nothing gets you in the mood for Christmas quite like an advent calendar. They are the first sign that the festive period has really begun, and kids love opening those little doors for their daily treat of Christmas pictures, chocolates or toys. But these days, advent calendars aren’t only for the kids - in fact, some are strictly adults only. If you want to toast the approach of Christmas in style, then a wine advent calendar could be just what you've been looking for.
Wine advent calendars have proved hugely popular ever since the first one was launched by Virgin Wines in 2016. Perfect as a treat for yourself or an early Christmas present for a wine loving friend, you can choose between a mixed selection of wines, all whites, all reds, or, if you really want to start the celebrations early, all fizz. With more and more companies offering their own versions, you can get some really good selections, and for wine tasting fans, it’s a great way to discover new wines.
It may seem early to start thinking about Christmas, but the best time to order your wine advent calendar is early autumn, as they tend to sell out fast. With this in mind, we’re taking a look at six of the best to help you choose your favourite.
Laithwaites Wine Advent Calendar
This popular offering from wine merchants Laithwaites is decorated to look like a festive French château, complete with Santa Claus on the roof. Available as a mixed selection, all reds or all whites, there are 750ml bottles behind the first 23 doors, and a half bottle of Champagne hiding inside the château roof as an extra treat on Christmas Eve. There is even the chance for lucky wine lovers to find a ‘winning window’ and win 6 free bottles of wine. The Laithwaites Wine Advent Calendar costs £69.99, and is available to reserve now.
Wine Down To Christmas Advent Calendar
With its festive red and white packaging, the Wine Down to Christmas Advent Calendar will blend right in with the presents underneath your Christmas tree. It offers a good mix of wines, with equal numbers of reds and whites, plus a couple of rosés, all in 187ml-200ml glass-sized bottles. No two bottles are the same, so you get something different every day, and if you want to know exactly what you’re getting, the contents of the box are listed in full online. The Wine Down To Christmas Advent Calendar costs £99.95 and is available to reserve now.
Personalised Fizz Advent Calendar
This sparkly gold box of delights helps you celebrate advent in style, with a 20cl bottle of fizz behind every door. There is some repetition, with each of the 12 wines selected appearing twice during the month, but if you find a new favourite in there, the good news is that you get to drink it again. If you’re buying the Personalised Fizz Advent Calendar as a gift, there is an option to include a 200-word personalised gift card, but you can’t actually personalise the calendar itself. The Personalised Fizz Advent Calendar costs £124.99 and is available to buy now.
Tipsy Tree Alcohol Advent Calendar
This adorable wooden Christmas tree doubles as a miniature wine rack, with a 20cl bottle of sparkling wine in each numbered slot. The Tipsy Tree is another advent calendar that will blend in well with your Christmas decorations, but you’ll have to exercise a lot of willpower not to peek through the sides to find out which bottle is up next. This advent calendar looks cute, and you can refill it and use it again, year after year. The Tipsy Tree Alcohol Advent Calendar costs £149.99, and is available to buy now.
Virgin Wines Advent Calendar
The original wine advent calendar from Virgin Wines is available as a mixed selection of wines, with reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines, or you can choose a selection of all whites or all reds if you prefer. Each calendar comes with 24 miniature bottles and one full-sized bottle of Prosecco to enjoy on Christmas Day. No two bottles are the same, so you can enjoy trying something different every day, and the website promises some exclusive wines and limited edition festive labels. The Virgin Wines Advent Calendar costs £89.99 and is available to reserve now.
Prosecco O'Clock Advent Countdown Calendar
It’s always Prosecco o’clock with this quirky miniature wine rack, which comes complete with a working clock and 12 20cl bottles of Prosecco. It’s not specifically for Christmas, and could be used to countdown to any special event, but the 12 bottles make it the ideal choice for people who like to leave a day between bottles. The Prosecco O’Clock Advent Countdown Calendar costs £114.99 and is available to buy now.
If wine isn’t your drink, there are plenty of other boozy advent calendars on offer. Many companies now offer craft beer and cider calendars, and gin advent calendars are proving to be a particularly popular option. For the whisky lover in your life, there are several whisky advent calendars available too, some of them offering a taste of rare and expensive malts.