Choose Your Adventure
There’s no reason you can’t marry your love of wine and your favorite sport when plotting your next escape. Here’s your travel guide to the regions where your two passions will play together perfectly. —The Editors of Wine Enthusiast
Punta Mita’s signature hole, The Tail of the Whale.
Punta Mita on the Pacific Coast is home to a luxe megaresort, where the Four Seasons and St. Regis hotels split space along two Jack Nicklaus-designed courses. Both hotels are committed to promoting Mexico’s top wines (especially the standouts from the Baja Peninsula), and have stocked their cellars with some of the country’s best bottles. The resort hosts the four-day Gourmet & Golf tournament every April as way to showcase not just the links, but Mexico’s rising-star chefs and top wine producers.
In South Africa’s Stellenbosch region, by day you can play at your golf bucket-list course, the famed Stellenbosch Golf Club, and by night pour Pinotage from nearby Kanonkop and Shiraz from Rust en Vrede.
Yes, Las Vegas certainly has some of the cheesiest and debauched venues on the planet. But don’t forget, Sin City is home to a few of the country’s better wine lists (Aureole, Picasso and DOCG) and several destination courses (Bali Hai, TPC Vegas, and the oft-unsung gem, Desert Pines).
In Indonesia, book passage on the Arenui, a small private luxury liner that docks in both Sorong and Bali, and takes you to some of the best diving spots in the world, including Komodo, Alor and Maluku. The coup de grâce? The ship boasts a giant wine cellar filled with a carefully selected mix of Old and New World bottles, as well as several from Indonesia’s few major producers.
Anguilla has some of the Caribbean’s best dive spots off Shoal Bay and is home to The CuisinArt resort, which has one of the region’s biggest cellars, with 3,600 mostly-French bottles.
For a freshwater plunge in wine country, head to Baden where you can swim among the ancient ruins at the bottom of crystal-clear Lake Constance and drink Spätburgunders and Rieslings from local producers, such as Weingut Huber and Weingut Dr. Heger.
In Biarritz, in the French Basque region, there’s not only terrific wine from Irouléguy and Spain’s Txakoli, but steady sets of big breaks at Côte de Basque, among the best long-boarding beaches in Europe. After shredding, mosey into Mille et Un Fromage for a basket of artisanal cheeses and top local wines.
You already know Santa Barbara has killer waves. But, we bet you didn’t know many of the better wine producers in the region operate stand-alone tasting rooms in the city limits, just blocks from the beach. Sample them all via SB’s Urban Wine Trail.
If you’re Down Under, hit the Margaret River region, where you can split time between sipping the likes of Leeuwin Estate and Vasse Felix and paddling out on Surfer’s Point beach, home of the famed Margaret River Pro surf contest. Just beware of those men in gray suits (what the Australians call sharks).
First, Turin is the capital of Piedmont, home to the DOCGs Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera d’Asti, to name but a few. Second, nearby Sestriere resort hosted the Alpine events of the 2006 Olympics. Third, this mountain town was the birthplace of the Slow Food movement and offers some of the best farm-to-table dining on the planet. So, when are you booking your trip?
Snow junkies who can escape to New Zealand during our summer need head straight to Central Otago. In this up-and-coming region you can ski The Remarkables and Coronet Peak and pour some of the New World’s tastiest Pinot Noir.
What the Willamette Valley lacks in elevation (when compared to, say, Oregon’s Mount Hood area), it more than makes up in award-winning wines. Be sure score lift tickets at Mount Hoodoo or Willamette Pass.