Hearty reds - our pick of the bunch

Winter is most definitely coming. But as we begin the long trudge through the tunnel of cold mornings, dark evenings and (perhaps this year?) snow, there's a glimmer of comfort. We're talking about warming winter reds. Those big, bold bottles that are reminiscent of roaring log fires, plum puddings and rich stews.

In a season where comfort food is king and dinners are made to be shared, we've put together our pick of the hearty red bunch, perfect for pairing with warming meals and toasting good times. After a deliciously rich glass or two, everyone will be hoping that winter lasts for ever. Well, almost.

Bigger is better

And best of all, most of the below are available in magnum! Ideal for adding the wow factor to your customers' Christmas celebrations, keeping every glass in the party full, and adding a touch of theatre that will guarantee a fantastic festive experience. 

Our top 5 hearty reds:


Bodegas Vivanco - Rioja Crianza 

Simply wonderful for sipping by the fireside. A bright and juicy red, with violets, bright red berries and spiced vanilla notes. Pair with gingerbread for a classically festive treat, sure to soften the hearts of even the most hardened Scrooges.

Available in 75cl and magnum.




Bodegas Vivanco - Rioja Reserva 

What could be better than one delicious Rioja from Bodegas Vivanco? TWO delicious Riojas from Bodegas Vivanco. Rich, smooth and beautifully bold, the Reserva explodes with peppered blackcurrant and smoky notes. It's not just limited to magnum, either - this one's available in 5l format. Just saying.

Available in 75cl, magnum and jeroboam.





Domaine Lafage - Cotes du Roussillon Rouge Authentique

A heart-warming red, with an abundance of chocolate, liquorice and cranberry flavours, rounded by floral notes of violet. If this wine doesn't scream Christmas to you, we're not sure what will.

Available in 75cl.






Journey's End - Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Jam-packed with ripe blackcurrant, cassis and spicy oak, this is a perfect wine to crack out alongside a festive menu. Velvety and bold, you'll be remembering this long after your memories of the meal have faded.

Available in 75cl and magnum.




Catena - Nicolas Catena Zapata

An intense and velvety treat from the royalty of Argentinian winemaking, this packs a powerful punch that will blast away any winter blues. Ripe black fruits, dark chocolate, pepper and spiced oak - this is just about as festive as you can get.

Available in 75cl.


Looking for more winter wine ideas?

Check out our recommendations for fizz and food pairings here.

Having spent childhood summers trekking through Italian vineyards, Elisa’s love of wine started at a young age. After a few stints working in pubs across the UK, she realised she could try far more samples working in a wine company, and landed at Bibendum two years ago. Now, she spends her days looking after digital marketing: writing, posting on social media, and everything in between.

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