There’s nothing better than sipping on a delicious wine after a round of golf…
Whether you shot a 69 or 169, a nice smooth vino and some enjoyable conversation with your playing partners can certainly enhance your day on the golf course.
However, if you’re looking for the ultimate golf travel experience, you must pair a spectacular golf course with a world-class wine. The only way to properly do this is to venture to one of the World’s Most Delectable Golf Wine Regions.
Top Golf and Wine Countries of the World
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- United States of America (California)
A golf trip to anyone of the above countries can be combined with some phenomenal wine tours and tastings. There are various regions throughout each country, so it’s important to plan ahead.
Below are a special group of wine regions near some of the world’s best golf courses:
Stellenbosch – South Africa
Wine and golf go together perfectly in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. The country is known for its full bodied savory reds and rich fruity white wines due to its warm climate.
Your line up of wines in Stellenbosch would include a collection of world class Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Bordeaux Blends and Pinotage. The list of golf courses is just as good, with Fancourt Links, Steenberg, Pearl Valley Estate, Erinvale and Stellenbosch Golf Club. To top it all off, you could book a safari at anyone of the game reserves near Cape Town.
Auckland – New Zealand
There are many outstanding spots for golf and wine in New Zealand but Auckland stands out as the all around best region. You can explore the city of Auckland, play top golf courses and enjoy some of the best wines New Zealand has to offer.
The cool climate of the country produces wines that are tart, light-bodied and elegant. Not only is the weather good for wine but also golf. Tara Iti Golf Club, Muriwai Golf Club and Titirangi Golf Club are all world renowned golf courses that are located near Auckland.
Monterey – United States
Monterey is one of the most dynamic wine producing regions in the world. California’s climate creates bold fruit-forward wines that are simply delicious. Of course, a trip to Napa Valley, the most well respected region in California is also recommended (2.5 hours away).
However, Monterey not only produces incredible Carbernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel, it also neighbors Pebble Beach, Spanish Bay and Spyglass, some of the best golf courses on the planet. It’s also important to note that the town of Carmel is a wine enthusiasts paradise with numerous tasting rooms.
Champagne – France
France produces so much world class wine it would be impossible to keep the wine snobs happy in picking a favorite region. The French winemakers are known for creating earthy and mineral-driven wines with high acidity that have been winning awards for centuries.
The Champagne region stands out as the best when it comes to golf and wine. Morfontaine Golf Club and Le Golf National, recent host of the 2018 Ryder Cup, are just two of the many fantastic golf courses around Paris. Champagne wineries are only about 1 hour away from the city.
Lombardy – Italy
A golf and wine trip to the mountainous region of Lombardy would consist of visits to Milan, Lago di Como and the many top rated golf courses located there. Circolo Golf Villa D’Esta, Castelconturbia and Royal Park Roveri Golf Club are just a few on the list.
Italy as a whole is known for its Rustic wines. In Lombardy, you will want to try Pinot Grigio, Franciacorta, Pinot Noir and Valtellina wines. While on your journey, don’t forget to try the outstanding coffee of Italy as well.
Lisboa & Algarve – Portugal
Last but certainly not least, Portugal flies under the radar of most Americans when it comes to wine and golf. Their excellent dry wines come from more than 200 native grapes. You absolutely must visit the Lisboa and Algarve Regions of portugal.
Top golf courses include Oitavos Dunes, Praia D’El Rey, West Cliffs and Monte Rei (Algarve). Lisbon, with its hills and great restaurants, is the European equivalent of San Fransisco and is a must visit while traveling in Portugal. You will find the food, wine and golf all come together as a world class experience.
Next time you’re planning a golf trip, I highly recommend these special wine and golf regions of the world.