In the last five years, creative takes on the traditional Christmas advent calendar have exploded- gone are the days of a chocolatey treat behind each door (although we’ll still take one of those if you are reading this Mum), instead having been replaced by all sorts of artisan food and drink options. So far in 2021, we have seen advent calendars launched that are filled with gourmet popcorn, flavoured marshmallows and even cheese.
It is not just foodies that have been able to step up their advent calendar game though. Those who appreciate a fine tipple can also enjoy something new this year, thanks to the abundance of wine advent calendars that have launched. Each of these calendars comes pre-filled with a selection of miniature or full-sized wine bottles to enjoy in the run-up to Christmas, or you could even save them up for the big day itself and share them between friends and family.
There is something deliciously grown-up and luxe feeling about having a wine advent calendar. In many ways, it is even better than having a traditional chocolate advent calendar, as rather than scoffing a chocolatey treat first thing, you can go about your day knowing that you have a delicious glass of wine waiting for you when you get home.
To help you find the best wine advent calendar for you, we have rounded up some of our favourites that you can purchase online this year. Our pick of wine advent calendars feature reds, whites, roses and even some fizz, so there really is something for every wine lover here. Some of them are refillable too, so you can use them year after year.
Check out our pick of the best wine advent calendars for 2021 below, so that you can eat, drink and be merry this Christmas (please drink responsibly).
Wine Down to Christmas Advent Calendar
What: Behind the doors of this wine advent calendar (wrapped up to look like a Christmas present), you will find a range of miniature wine bottles, with enough in them to fill a glass. Expect to find everything from classic red and white options, to more fun sips such as roses and Prosecco.
How much: £99.95
Buy the Wine Down to Christmas Advent Calendar
Personalised Fizz Advent Calendar
What: Is there a better time to break out the bottles of fizz than at Christmas? This wine advent calendar features 24x 200ml bottles of Prosecco or sparkling wines, including Bottega Prosecco Gold and Freixenet Italian Sparkling Rose. There is also the option to add a personalised gift card, to make this an extra special present for a loved one.
How much: £124.99
Buy the Personalised Fizz Advent Calendar
Virgin Wines Advent Calendar
What: Virgin was one of the very first brands to get in on the wine advent calendar action, first launching in 2016. This year, Virgin is stepping up its game by offering three different advent calendars: mixed, red and white. Each one features 24 miniature bottles of wine, as well as one regular-sized bottle to crack open on Christmas Day.
How much: £89.99
Buy the Virgin Wines Advent Calendar
Tipsy Tree Wine Advent Calendar
What: The best part about this wine advent calendar is that you can reuse it year after year. The wooden structure is shaped like a classic Fir and filled with 24 wine and fizz miniatures. Sips you can expect to discover include Altaria Merlot, McGuigan Black Label Shiraz and Waters Edge Chardonnay.
How much: £84.99
Buy the Tipsy Tree Wine Advent Calendar
Laithwaite’s Wine Advent Calendar
What: Laithwaite’s is one of the most popular online wine shops around, so it’s no surprise that they’ve got in on the advent calendar action. Behind each door, you will find 23 quarter-bottles of wine, as well as a half bottle of Champagne in the ‘roof’ of the calendar which you can enjoy on Christmas Eve. This calendar has sold out for the last two years running, so you’ll need to be quick.
How much: £69.99
Buy the Laithwaite’s Wine Advent Calendar
Prosecco O’Clock Advent Calendar
What: Tick, tock it’s Prosecco o’clock! If sparkling wine is your preferred tipple, check out this Prosecco advent calendar, which features 12 varieties of the fizzy stuff for you to enjoy. It is also refillable, so you can wheel it out every year for another round - cheers to that!
How much: £114.95
Buy the Prosecco O’Clock Advent Calendar
Aldi Wine Advent Calendar
What: Cut-price supermarket Aldi knows how to entice customers, so it’s no surprise that they are launching another wine advent calendar for 2021. This year’s advent calendar hasn’t been officially released yet so details are scarce, but if it’s anything like previous years, you can expect to enjoy 24 miniature bottles of wines from around the world.
How much: TBC
Buy the Aldi Wine Advent Calendar (available in UK stores and online from 1 November)
Elizabeth Rose Wines 12 Days Of Christmas Advent Calendar
What: Don’t want to settle for miniatures in your wine advent calendar? Check out the first ever advent calendar from Elizabeth Rose Wines, which features 12 full-sized bottles beautifully wrapped and labelled 1-12. The calendars will be shipped out to customers mid-November, just in time for advent.
How much: £299
Buy the Elizabeth Rose Wines 12 Days Of Christmas Advent Calendar
Wines aren’t the only alcoholic tipple to get the calendar treatment - check out our pick of the best gin advent calendars.