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Top 10 Best Mulled Wines in the UK 2021 (Lindisfarne, Schwartz and More)

Nothing evokes those cosy, Christmassy feelings like the smell of a pot of mulled wine simmering away on the kitchen stove. Fruity, spicy and boozy, ready-made mulled wine is the perfect accompaniment to wash down a crumbly mince pie and warm those bellies around a winter fire.


We’ve scoured the supermarkets from Tesco to Asda and Waitrose, and searched online on Amazon, John Lewis and eBay to bring you this guide on the best mulled wine available in the UK. Read our tips on how to spot a winner, then head on to our ranking of the top 10 bottles and spice packet mixes to buy this Christmas!

  • Last updated: 13-01-2021
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Why Buy Ready-Made Mulled Wine?

It can be a lovely winter ritual to prepare your own mulled wine, blending fresh herbs and spices with some of your favourite bottles of red. But with Christmas season being as busy as it is, cutting a few corners here and there is never a bad thing - and these days, the options of ready-made mulled wine can be just as delicious as your own blend! 


Ramp up the flavours by adding slices of orange, star anise and cinnamon sticks to the pot as you warm it through. You'll have the house smelling like a German Christmas market in no time. And did we mention that it costs a fraction of the price to go ready-made? That's a win-win if you ask us!

How to Choose a Mulled Wine in the UK - Buying Guide

Warming up your hands as you crowd around a crackling fire, or warming up your house as you share an evening of Christmas movies and festive snacks - the winter holidays wouldn’t be the same without our beloved mulled wine. Here are our tips on picking out the best of the bunch!

First Things First, a Packet Mix or a Bottle?

First Things First, a Packet Mix or a Bottle?

When it comes to ready-to-glug mulled wine, you have two options - packets or bottles. Bottles include a mix of spices and flavours already blended, making it the quickest to pour into mugs, and into your bellies! Usually, you won't need to buy any additional ingredients, so it will just need a quick warming on the stove. That said, if you’re picky, you may find them too sweet or simply not to your taste.


Spice mixes are great for those who like to make their own mulled wine, just to their liking. A good compromise between making your own and buying a store-bought bottle, you can choose your preferred wine, whether that’s a deep rioja or a light merlot, and pour in the spice mix to Christmassify your brew! Spice mixes can also be added to juices, punches and fruit teas for a non-alcoholic option. 

Mulled Wine Is a Complex Mix of Flavours - You Want to Get the Balance Right!

Mulled wine (or glühwein as it’s called in Germany) when done right, carries a complex mixture of flavours, spices, fruits and berries. Each blend has it’s own unique twist and you’ll find that no two bottles are the same. Here are a few things to look out for when deciding on the flavour.

Fresh, Whole Spices Give Mulled Wine It’s Distinctive Flavour

Fresh, Whole Spices Give Mulled Wine It’s Distinctive Flavour

Spices are everything when it comes to cooking, and it’s no different with mulled wine. Every blend has a distinct flavour but the key ingredients to look out for are cinnamon, clove, star anise and nutmeg.


 It's these spices that hold the key to unlocking the Christmas spirit as the pungent aromas fill the air! Many bottles also recommend adding some fresh spices to your mug for an extra Christmassy feeling.

Citrus Fruits Complement the Flavour of the Spices

Citrus Fruits Complement the Flavour of the Spices

Spices are great and all, but they aren’t the only thing which gives mulled wine its signature flavour. Citrus notes such as orange and lemon balance out the heady, fragrant spices, complementing the overall flavour of the drink. 


A slice of orange is often added to the pot whilst it’s simmering to help bring out the citrussy flavours, but it’s just as good to get a wine that already includes that particular taste in the mix.

Honey and Maple Syrup Add Sweetness to the Wine

Honey and Maple Syrup Add Sweetness to the Wine

Mulled wine usually goes one of two ways. You could get one that's light, quaffable and sweet, filled with notes of berries and blackcurrants. However, these wines can taste a little like hot squash.


If you opt for a rich, velvety taste that's more on the bitter side, you might find the aftertaste is too tart. So, if you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, or want to take the edge off a bitter brew, choose a mulled wine with added honey or maple syrup for extra sugary points! 

If You Like It Boozy Check the Alcohol Content

If You Like It Boozy Check the Alcohol Content

Mulled wine is an alcoholic drink, but the amount of alcohol (ethanol) in each bottle varies significantly from a slightly spikey hot squash to a boozy, blow your socks off and spill your wine down your shirt kind of bevvy. The ABV (alcohol per volume) will give you an indication of just how strong that bottle is. 


For mulled wine, the ABV can be anything from 5% to 14%. Although not foolproof, the price is often a good indication of how much alcohol is in the bottle. If you get the bottle home and realise it hasn't quite got enough bite, fear not! Traditionally a shot of brandy, rum or amaretto is added into the mix, but we'll leave that part up to you.

Not All Wines Are Vegan! Check the Label if You Follow a Plant-Based Diet

Not All Wines Are Vegan! Check the Label if You Follow a Plant-Based Diet

It’s a common misconception that all wine is vegan; after all, it only contains grapes right? Wrong! The fining process of wine-making more often than not uses animal fats and byproducts to turn it from an organic cloudy liquid to crystal clear. 


So if you’re vegan and planning on buying a pre-made mulled wine, you'll need to check the bottle is suitable for your diet prior to buying. 

Top 10 Best Mulled Wines in the UK

Mulled wine may be an age-old traditional winter warmer, but these days more and more supermarkets are jumping on the chance to provide a wine-to-go. Read on for our ranking of the top 10 best to buy in the UK! 

10

TescoMulled Wine

£3.00

FormBottle
SpicesCinnamon, clove
CitrusOrange
SweetnessHigh
ABV5.5%
VeganYes
9
FormPacket
SpicesAllspice, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon
CitrusDried orange peel
SweetnessMedium
ABV--
VeganYes
8

Helen's Own InternationalMulled Wine Spice Mix

£11.90

FormPacket
SpicesClove, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg
CitrusDried Orange Peel
SweetnessMedium
ABV--
VeganYes
7
FormBottle
SpicesCinnamon, nutmeg, clove
CitrusOrange and lemon
SweetnessMedium
ABV8%
VeganYes
6

WaitroseChristmas Mulled Wine

£5.49

FormBottle
SpicesCinnamon and clove
CitrusOrange peel
SweetnessLow
ABV11%
VeganYes
5

Felix SolisGlühwein Mulled Wine

£5.50

FormBottle
SpicesCloves and cinnamon
CitrusOrange
SweetnessLow
ABV12%
VeganNo
4

Three MillsSeasonal Mulled Wine

Pack of 6

£31.99

FormBottle
SpicesNutmeg, cloves and cinnamon
CitrusOrange and lemon
SweetnessMedium
ABV5.5%
VeganYes
3

Lyme Bay WineryMulled Wine

£12.00

FormBottle
SpicesElderberry, damson, bay, cloves and cinnamon
CitrusCitrus zest
SweetnessMedium
ABV10%
VeganNo
2

LindisfarneMulled Wine

£8.49

FormBottle
SpicesCinnamon and nutmeg
CitrusOrange
SweetnessHigh
ABV13.5%
VeganNo
1

Schmitt SohneGlühwein

£8.90

FormBottle
SpicesClove and cinnamon
CitrusOrange and lemon
SweetnessHigh
ABV8.5%
VeganNo

Compare the Best Mulled Wines

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1
Schmitt Sohne Glühwein 1

Schmitt Sohne

2
Lindisfarne Mulled Wine 1

Lindisfarne

3
Lyme Bay Winery Mulled Wine 1

Lyme Bay Winery

4
Three Mills Seasonal Mulled Wine 1

Three Mills

5
Felix Solis Glühwein Mulled Wine 1

Felix Solis

6
Waitrose Christmas Mulled Wine 1

Waitrose

7
Asda Mulled Wine 1

Asda

8
Helen's Own International Mulled Wine Spice Mix 1

Helen's Own International

9
Schwartz Mulled Wine Spice 1

Schwartz

10
Tesco Mulled Wine 1

Tesco

Name

Glühwein

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

Seasonal Mulled Wine

Glühwein Mulled Wine

Christmas Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine Spice Mix

Mulled Wine Spice

Mulled Wine

Features

Traditional German Glühwein from a Family-Run Winery

An Age-Old Recipe Passed Down by Monks From Holy Island

Mulled Wine Spiked With Chilli and Honey

Mulled Wine With Deep and Juicy Black Fruit Flavours

The Best Boozy Choice

A Mature Full-Bodied Red From Waitrose

The Cheap and Cheerful Bottle From Asda

Home-made Glühwein to See You Through Winter

A Christmas Spice Mix to Add to Your Favourite Wine

The Sweetest Mulled Christmas Drink

Price£8.90£8.49£12.00£31.99£5.50£5.49£3.00£11.90£7.70£3.00
FormBottleBottleBottleBottleBottleBottleBottlePacketPacketBottle
SpicesClove and cinnamonCinnamon and nutmegElderberry, damson, bay, cloves and cinnamonNutmeg, cloves and cinnamonCloves and cinnamonCinnamon and cloveCinnamon, nutmeg, cloveClove, cinnamon, star anise, nutmegAllspice, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamonCinnamon, clove
CitrusOrange and lemonOrangeCitrus zestOrange and lemonOrangeOrange peelOrange and lemonDried Orange PeelDried orange peelOrange
SweetnessHighHighMediumMediumLowLowMediumMediumMediumHigh
ABV8.5%13.5%10%5.5%12%11%8%----5.5%
VeganNoNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYes
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More Festive Food for Your Christmas Dinner

More Festive Food for Your Christmas Dinner

One of the best things about Christmas has to be the food. There really is no better time of year to tuck into a mince pie, with a cheeky glass of port on the side. To help you stock up in time for the festive season, check out the links below for more of the most sumptuous Christmas fare in the UK!

Summary

We hope that you've enjoyed our guide to our nations favourite Christmas tipple. Now that you have a better idea of what to expect from a decent Mulled Wine, you'll be able to find the perfect one to toast in the festive season. Enjoy! 

Author: Roxy Pratley

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