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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Mourvèdre

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

  • 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"...

  • Pedro Ximénez

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

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

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 ...

  • Idol Sarap

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

  • Doluca

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

  • Wild Turkey

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

  • 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...

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Turkey on Snooth

  • Sevilen Plato Kalecik Karasi 2011


    fruity, floral edge in a pinot noir style Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Sevilen Plato Syrah/Okuzgozu 2010


    has plenty of potential for aging (there is a little Petit Verdot in the blend too) and a great robust character too coupled with a ripe spice and chocolate edge. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • I have a question. Why is it that with the holidays, people start stocking up ... has to pair holiday food (turkey, stuffings, ham etc) with Pinot Noir? I ask because local wine stores have been big on promoting Pinot Noirs! and I keep hearing about it.. I havent noticed it in the past years since I was not as into wine then. Isit just Pinot N... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir and Holidays

  •  A bit about me: I currently work as a Wine Consultant at VOS Selections, ... and spent one additional in Turkey where I uncovered a life-size statue of Zeus. My specializations (an early call to the wine industry, perhaps?) included Greek drinking vessels and frescoes of Roman drinking parties in Pompeii. The combination of historical context... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Introduction to me ... Danica...

  • Kavaklidere Prestiage Series Bogazkere Red


    No written review

    Wine review by Nevin Turgay

  • Arcadia Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by cyril

  • Weller Centennial was simply the best whiskey I have ever tasted.  100 ... all the Beam brands, Wild Turkey Rare Breed, and on and on.  Before I geeked on wine, I geeked on Bourbon, and consumed prodigious amounts in my 20s and early 30s.  But this was head and shoulders better. Alas, it went out of production for a few years and then came bac... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Holy Grail! Pre-Buffalo...

  • Paso Robles Trip Notes: West of PasoThis was a trip my wife and I had planned ... for my guests and for the turkey. However, after removing the wrapping from my backup selection (bought in Italy), the wine looked like it was probably cooked with some red showing all the way through the cork on the top. So TC tannat it was, and it wound up doin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Paso Robles Trip Notes: West...

  • Kavaklidere Cabernet Sauvignon Egeo 2009


    Drank this wine two times while in Istanbul. Smoot, fruity and pleasantly dry. Highly recommended. Read More

    Wine review by mwasser

  • Want to buy a couple of reasonable bottles to keep for family dinners at ... O'Raida Shiraz 2008Turkey Flat Shiraz 2006 SpanishMarques de Murrieta Gran Reserva 2003Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2001Prado Enea Muga 2004Rioja Gran Reserva Vina Real 1999/2001 CVNE  Read More

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