Turkish Wine

 

Despite some 1,250 grape varietals grown in the Middle Eastern country of Turkey, only a scant percentage is now produced as wine. Turkey may be viewed as a relatively progressive Muslim country compared to some of its neighbors, but alcohol consumption is still quite low. Long ago, this was the part of the world that pretty much invented wine. There is evidence of ancient wine-making equipment found in Turkey that is believed to be at least 6000 years old. Wine was banned entirely during the 500 years of the Ottoman Empire, starting in the early 16th century, save for the small percentages of Jews and Christians who were allowed to make wine for religious purposes. When the empire collapsed after World War I, it was the first Turkish president,  Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded the first commercial winery, Doluca, in 1925. Since then the industry has built up slowly, with mostly larger companies such as Kavaklidere, Pammukale, Mey Gida (formerly Tekel) and and a few boutique wineries Read more »

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Master of Wine. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Snooth+Decanter+TimAtkin.com+Beverage Media+SOMM Journal+Civiltà del Bere+others. Short-listed for the 2014 Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award. Incorrigible traveler!

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Varietals Produced in Turkey View all

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Pedro Ximénez

    Ximénez, Jimenez, Ximénès, Pedro, Pedro Giménez, Pedro Jimenez, Pedro Khimenes, Pedro Ximénès, Pedro Ximenes De Jerez...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Turkey

Popular Wineries in Turkey View all

  • Kavaklidere

    Kavaklıdere Winery, the first private sector wine producer in Turkey, is founded by Cenap And in ...

  • Doluca

    For three generations, DOLUCA has been a part of the Turkish winemaking industry, reflecting its ...

  • Sarafin

    Winemaking history began in the geographical area where Turkey stands today. The oldest remains r...

  • Melen

    Şölenlerin, kutsamaların, tanrıların içkisi şarabın kıymetini anlatan hikayelerin sayısı azımsanm...

  • Wild Turkey

    Originally established in 1855 as the Old Moore Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Wild Turkey is one of...

  • Idol Sarap

    Idol Winery, established in 2004 with a 100 hectar vineyard of its own, located in Izmir / Turkey...

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Turkey on Snooth

  • Pinot Noir can pair with just about anything, even turkey.  I think it's time to look at Zinfandels again. Read More

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  • Enjoying Turkey Day leftovers with some Bedrock Riesling and Liquid Farm Chardonnay, both of which I would highly recommend. Read More

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  • We celebrated Thanksgiving at Sandra's folks and included two birthdays too ... too ... to bring over the turkey she was cooking.  I saved the 2015 Soter North Valley Chardonnay for the turkey dinner, which didn't start until after 6 PM because the turkey cooking time was under-estimated.  Anyway, the Soter Chardonnay was very good.  Glad we j... Read More

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  • In preparation for our family gathering next week, I attended a Thanksgiving ... this site will be serving on Turkey Day!  Happy Thanksgiving, all!&nbs Read More

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  • A little more context can be found for the East Bay turkey infestation here. Seems like their reputation for being dumb birds may be ill founded since their survival strategies are looking crafty. Seems like they're trying to bust into the inner group, with crows and pigeons, of birds that do well in a human environment.Hemingway wrote about how... Read More

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  • Turkey innocently sashaying down an Oakland sidewalk... Read More

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  • DMCKER - If it weren't illegal to hunt with a car I'd have turkey every day of the week.  Flocks of 20-30 strong on the side of the rode.  The reservation near us gives away turkey tags to their tribal members.We've got a group of about 15-20 that my dog has a blast with and you should see them try to get off the ground and fly through the trees... Read More

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  • So Greece and Turkey are still in that map (perhaps not Crete); the main difference is dropping Hungary and adding Moldova when talking about 'The Balkans'.  Well, one of my wines is from Hungary, so I'm keeping it in.  However, another one of my wines (a nice one I might add) is from Moldova, which I didn't list.  I could switch it up, but mayb... Read More

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  • There's serious controversy amongst geographers and historians about ... ... even by the slipshod) and Turkey should be included--purists refuse to allow. Then we can get into whether Moldova is supposed to be part of Romania (or the Ukraine, or Russia as Putin might think). We need to qualify who's putting these maps together, for what purpos... Read More

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  • Well that's a bullshit map, in historical, cultural, ethnic, geopolitical ... it together??Cut out Greece, Turkey and Hungary and we're getting closer to what has been referred to in the most contexts during the 20th Century as 'The Balkans'. The former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania, basically. Problem states, all split up and 'balkanized',... Read More

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  • Greetings from our www.kemerbag29.com resort guesthouse&vineyard at the island of Bozcaada and welcome to join our facebook group kemerbag 29 guesthouse or the other kemerbag 29 resort konukevi/guesthouse.

    Comment by 1800267Rıfat Diker 1800267 Rıfat Diker


  • Where can I find very very sweet wine in Ankara, Turkey?

    Comment by 1486485Mayce 1486485 Mayce


  • The Idol rosé wine was a perfect addition to our Holiday in Side, altough you cannot find anything about this rosé on the internet. We had this wine in the brand new Barut Sensatori Sorgun hotel and it is better than a lot of French rosés;

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  • You CANNOT get a bad wine here. I live in Ankara and just get the cheapest reds so I can wind down after work. I am actually a fan of New World wines normally because the cheaper European reds are the stuff migraines are made of, but the wines here in Turkey are very clean and you always feel good. The taste is somewhere between South Africa and...

    Comment by 1068534Gwenlliana 1068534 Gwenlliana


  • TurkishWines4Me.com or on facebook....Turkish Wines 4 Me

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  • Check out (Turkish Wines 4 Me) on facebook all about Turkish Wine

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  • Dreadful wines, truly dreadful. The whites particularly are pure salad dressing. Almost as bad as Greece plus and there's a 400% tax on the stuff locally. No wonder nobody there drinks it.

    Comment by 562158denmate1960 562158 denmate1960


  • Yes, I just returned from Turkey and would like to purchase the Angora red I had at a hotel called Agora Life. Can you help me. I live in VA and the only store listed was in NYC. Thanks.

    Comment by 533478gerrywag 533478 gerrywag


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