Lidl’s revolving Wine Tour selection, which changes every couple of months focusing on a different theme each time, is a popular draw for shoppers – and none more so than the Christmas Wine Tour, eagerly anticipated for its mix of sparkling wine and Champagnes, whites, reds, sweet and fortified wines. This year’s selection is on sale now, and covers all bases for the festive season.
The buyers for the German-owned supermarket, which established itself in the UK in 1994, do a great job of sourcing small quantities of interesting and well-priced wines for the Wine Tour line-up. Between this and the core range, it offers a comprehensive selection of Old and New World wines across a range of styles.
Christmas Wine Tour
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a glass of bubbly, and Lidl has many options to suit all budgets, from the wallet-friendly Arestel Cava Rosado (£5.75) and Rosé Prosecco (£6.49) – which would both make great party options – via the New Zealand blanc de blanc Duck Point (£9.99), to the Comte de Senneval Champagnes, available as a non-vintage rosé or 2014 vintage. Even these Champagnes come in at just under £20 a bottle, so great value for money for a fizz with the word ‘Champagne’ on the label.
Moving on to dry whites, there aren’t many in the Christmas Wine Tour, but among the highlights is the Gedeon Birtok Zöld Veltelini (£6.99) – a Gruner Veltliner, but a Hungarian version. Crisp and fresh, and with modest alcohol, it would make a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, and would be a good match for a shellfish or smoked salmon starter.
The reds on offer this Christmas are mainly from the Old World, with Italy, France and Spain all featured. The Château de Landiras 2019 Graves at £11.99 is a fantastic buy for those who like a claret on the Christmas table, this one open and approachable but with depth and complexity too. Other wines not to miss include the Opinor Touriga Nacional (£7.99) from Swartland, a South African interpretation of the Portuguese grape variety; and the deeply fruity, deep purple and lighter in style Monsaraz Reserva (£8.49) from Alentejo in Portugal, made from native Portuguese grape varieties.
To round off the Christmas meal, Lidl has again sourced a competitively priced Canadian ice wine made from the Vidal grape by Pillitteri Estates, but our favourite sweet option this year was the Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos (£12.99) from Hungary’s famous sweet wine region. It would make a perfect match for Christmas pudding, as would the Armilar 10 Year Old Tawny Port (£8.99).
Don’t forget the core range this Christmas, which offers some fantastic bargains. Among the sparkling wines, The Crémant de Loire (£8.49) offers great value, made in the same way as Champagne but from the Chenin Blanc grape. The other two wines I’d pick out – classic styles for Christmas drinking – are the Chablis (£9.99), great value at under a tenner, and the Corte Alle Mura Chianti Riserva, which offers great typicity for just £5.99.
These Lidl Christmas wines can sell out fast – especially the sweet wines – so don’t hang around if you’re planning to turn to Lidl for your Christmas drinking this year. Read on for our tasting notes and scores.
The best Lidl wines this Christmas:
Lidl introduces six ‘Wine Tour’ updates to its core range every year. The wines are only available for a short period of time, while stocks last. The Christmas Wine Tour selection went on sale on Thursday 24 November – every wine in the Tour goes into every store. The wines listed below are a mix of highlights from the Christmas Wine Tour press tasting in October 2022, and wines that are part of Lidl’s core range, tasted previously and still available.