Wine Pairings For Your Favourite Holiday Movies!

Everyone has their own way of spreading Christmas cheer. From baking and decorating, to writing Christmas cards, or simply catching up with friends for a beer and BBQ.

An easy way to create a festive atmosphere at home is to gather a few snacks, find a snug spot on the sofa, and pop on your favourite holiday movie!  Christmas films aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Many of the storylines may seem trite and predictable—inducing involuntary eye rolling every second scene. Yet year after year, we continue to turn on the telly and consume swathes of Christmas entertainment at record-breaking levels. Even if you’re not really a ‘Christmas movie person’, I think we all secretly have a personal favourite film that gives us that warm & fuzzy feeling inside. 

Some theorise that we love Christmas movies so much—not necessarily because of the content of the films themselves—but because we crave the ritual of watching them year-in, year-out.  We love the process of gathering with loved ones, choosing a film, getting comfy, perhaps cracking open a nice bottle of wine and enjoying a glass (or two) as we immerse ourselves in the world on-screen.

But which wine to choose? Read on for a list of wine pairings to suit the mood and theme of some of the most popular Christmas movies of all time!

1. The Holiday (2006)— Provenance Rosé
Watch 'The Holiday' (2006) with the Provenance Rosé

This classic holiday rom-com pairs beautifully with the romantic air of our Provenance Rosé. With notes of strawberries and cream, fresh fruit, and light florals, this approachable rosé lingers memorably on the palate. Its weight matches the light feel of The Holiday, and its peachy-pink hue highlights the film’s utterly romantic core. However, this film isn’t without its twists and turns plot. The film surprises viewers, just as the Witches Falls Provenance Rosé surprises the palate with subtle hints of savoury spice.

2. Elf (2003)— Provenance Vermentino

Watch 'Elf' (2003) with the Provenance Vermentino

Light-hearted, absurd, and absolutely hilarious, Elf will make you laugh out loud. The film follows Buddy, an orphan brought up amongst Santa’s elves at the North Pole. As an adult, Buddy ventures to New York City in search of birth father, Walter. As Buddy learns to navigate the human world with all its strangeness and contradictions, he helps to spread Christmas cheer with his new family and almost everyone who crosses his path. Such a jolly, fun, and festive film will pair beautifully with our Provenance Vermentino— a light, off-dry, easy-drinking white wine with notes of citrus, pear, and orange blossom. Perfect for sharing!

3. Love, Actually (2003)— Wild Ferment Chardonnay

Watch 'Love Actually' (2003) with the Wild Ferment ChardonnayLove actually is a favourite the world-over. The movie follows a collection of interconnected characters as they navigate life and love, set against the backdrop of London at Christmas time. Among others, the film follows a pair of newlyweds, a recently widowed father, his love-sick step son, a heart-broken writer, and an old-school rockstar trying to make a comeback in the music world. Their stories are complex and multilayered—just like our Wild Ferment Chardonnay. This wine is at once fruity and citrusy, yet boasts depth, warmth, and a soft, oaky texture. In the same vein, the film balances light-hearted humour against moments of heartbreak, depth, and raw emotion. 

4. Die Hard (1988)— Provenance Shiraz

Watch 'Die Hard' (1988) with the Provenance Shiraz

The Christmas police may argue that Die Hard isn’t a true Christmas film as its links with the holiday are tenuous at best. However this action-packed heist movie has crept into our cultural consciousness as a Christmas film for the thrill-seekers among us. Such a movie should be matched with an equally bold and daring wine. Our Provenance Shiraz is brazen and full to the brim with notes of plush dark fruits and punchy black pepper.

5. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Prophecy Cabernet Sauvignon 

Watch 'Miracle on 34th Street' (1947) with the Prophecy Cabernet Sauvignon

A classic, this 1947 film follows Kirk Kringle—a Santa Claus actor at a department store who claims he is the real Father Christmas. Despite the disbelief of those around him, Kris is the true embodiment of the Christmas spirit, eschewing the over-commercialisation and consumerism of the holiday. When his sanity is questioned, a lawyer jumps to Kris’ aid to argue his case in court—is he the real Santa? Do you have faith in the spirit of Christmas? Filmed in black-and-white, this classic film should only be enjoyed alongside a truly classic wine. The Witches Falls Prophecy Cabernet Sauvignon possesses unparalleled depth and elegance, with notes of dark crushed berries, dried herbs, and toasty oak, its warmth and smooth nature is the perfect accompaniment to this poignant & timeless Christmas film.

6. A Christmas Carol (1951)— Classic Tawny

Watch 'A Christmas Carol' (1951) with the NV Classic TawnyThere are countless screen adaptations of A Christmas Carol— Charles Dickens' world-renowned 1843 novel. While each has its own charm, critics agree that the 1951 adaptation is the best to date. Dickens’ tale is as important as it is entertaining. The film follows Ebenezer Scrooge—an ill-tempered and unsympathetic moneylender who despises Christmas. But when he is visited by three spirits, Scrooge is forced to re-evaluate his attitudes and his actions, in the process becoming a kinder and gentler man. Set against the backdrop of snowy Victorian London, a classic Tawny port with its notes of fruitcake and christmas spice helps to fully immerse oneself in Dickens’ story and characters.

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