For many golfers, the best part of the day is ending up at the 19th hole, savoring an exquisite bottle of wine. Here are five resorts where golf and wine are the perfect pairing—challenging courses that meander through local vineyards and nearby tasting rooms for sampling exceptional regional vintages.
Algodon Wine Resort: Argentina
Recognized as one of the best vineyard hotels in the world, Algodon is located at the base of the snow-capped Andes along the famed Mendoza wine trail. The temperate year-round weather makes this resort the perfect playground for tasting award-winning wines and playing championship golf. After a round of golf on the 18-hole course that winds through the lush vineyards, guests can visit the nearby tasting room to sample the region’s iconic Malbec wines.
Château Élan: Georgia
Located north of Atlanta in the state’s rolling foothills, Château Élan combines French provincial ambience with southern hospitality for a relaxing retreat. The championship golf course is dotted with lakes, streams and plenty of bunkers to challenge golfers at all levels. A tasting room is set among the bucolic vineyards offering culinary classes and tastings of the award-winning wines, including premium reds and whites.
Hotel Peralada: Spain
Set on the Costa Brava, the hotel Peralada boasts one of Europe’s most picturesque golf resorts with views of the Mediterranean Sea. The Peralada region, with a 2,500 year history of exceptional wine making, has much to offer aficionados. Meanwhile, the resort’s spa specializes in wine therapy for the total body, with treatments designed around its therapeutic benefits.
Dolce CampoReal Lisboa: Portugal
This 5-star resort is located in the heart of Portugal’s Oeste region. The challenging 18-hole golf course offers views of the Serra do Socorro and Archeira—nominated in 2015 as one of the 100 most sustainable destinations in the world. Western Portugal is dotted with wineries producing some of the finest regional wines and exceptional Portuguese cuisine.
Silverado Resort and Spa: Napa, California
The Silverado is a luxury golf resort where the 19th hole can be one of more than 540 wineries. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, Silverado is home to two award-winning Robert Trent Jones, Jr. PGA championship courses. Even scratch golfers will find the courses challenging with dozens of water crossings, elevation changes and huge, historic oak trees lining the fairways. But you probably won’t need that many amenities with so many wineries within reach.