The World Cup is fast approaching and will get underway on 11th June with South Africa up against Mexico as the hosts opened the tournament. For people who like active holidays a trip to South Africa for the World Cup would be the ideal holiday. Not many people give South Africa a chance, despite being the home nation, to do well at this year’s World Cup. However if we had a tournament based on the quality of the wine produced by each country South Africa may have a much stronger chance.

 

South Africa being the hosts of the tournament means that they have automatic qualification for the tournament and they will hope that they’re not the first host nation to be knocked out in the group stages. South Africa are a fairly good team amongst the African Nations and indeed won the African cup of Nations in 1996. Although despite this they have never progressed beyond the group stages of the World Cup tournament. A South African wine that we would recommend is Millberg Cellars Sauvignon Blanc.

 

Whilst Australia is a small country in terms of population it has always been known for its sporting achievements. When it comes to football Australia will be seen as one of the underdogs but in the world of wine they are anything but underdogs. For those looking for a quality Australian wine there is the Larry Cherubino The Yard Shiraz.

No doubt the Spanish and Germans will have a strong showing at the World Cup and they produce equally impressive wines. But when it comes to the European country that does wind the best it has to be France. France will also be hoping that they can win the World Cup this summer in South Africa. The World Cup was held in France in 1998 and they went on to beat Brazil in the final thanks to their talisman Zinedine Zidane. There are so many famous French wines to choose from but one of particular note isLes Dames De Ricardelle Viognier Vin De Pays D’oc.

 

New Zealand has only previously qualified for the World Cup once where they managed to lose all three matches they played in. New Zealand are winners of the Oceania Football Cup an impressive four times and are likely to improve on that statistic now that Australia has been moved to the Asian division. Whilst they may have an impressive team in the Oceania area not many people will fancy them to do well at this year’s World Cup. It’s a surprise how few people have tried wines from New Zealand but The Frost Pocket Sauvignon Blanc is particularly good.

Chile are one team hoping to recapture some of their past glories in the World Cup. This is Chile’s eighth appearance and their best ever result was when they came third in 1962. Whilst not amongst the favourites Chileare ranked a fairly substantial 17th in the world by FIFA. For a Chilean wine try Ignacio Recabarren Ventolera Sauvignon Blanc.

 

Finally we come to England’s first opponent of the tournament the USA. The USA national team shone in the 2009 confederations cup, which was also held in South Africa, where they only lost out to Brazil in the final and beat Spain along the way. The USA will be no easy game for England and the team is currently ranked at 14th in the world by FIFA. If you feel like sampling an American wine this summer try the J.Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon.