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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Turkey

Popular Wineries in Turkey View all

  • Idol Sarap

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

  • Kavaklidere

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Turkey on Snooth

  • Kavaklidere Red Blend Yakut 2007

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    This was my first Turkish wine, and it was a good introduction to the region. A little light with a bit of tanginess. Read More

    Wine review by erebusrat


  • JUST GOT BACK FROM TURKEY AND VISITED CAPPADOCIA AND IN THE HOTEL THEY GAVE ME A GLASS OF WINE AS WELCOME AND WHEW....I WAS SITTING BY THE FIREPLACE AND NEVER FELT BETTER,LOL...THIS WINE IS ABSOLUTELY FABOLOUS....WANTED TO SEE WINERY BUT TIME WAS TOO SHORT...THEY SHIP ALL OVER THE WORLD....THE NAME WAS "TURASON"...I HAVE NOT CHECKED YET IF THEY ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic RED WINE


  • Kavaklidere White Blend Çankaya 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by sacrifice333


  • Kayra Red Blend Terra Öküzgözü 2005

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    Had a taste of this wine last night at our tasting. It was 'OK' . Not the best wine in the world but I have tasted a lot lot worse!!!. Read More

    Wine review by Grape Friend


  • I'm not usually one to pair my wines with food, but this one got me ... be a ... be a white, because of the turkey? (Isn't poultry usually paired with whites?)Usually, I just drink whatever I am feeling that day and not worry about matching, but I am curious with this one. Thanks for your help Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Pairing - What would you...


  • Turkey Flat Rosé 2007

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    I didn't get a lot of depth, but it was easygoing and took the humidity off the day in one sip. Salmon shades with a dash of hot pink in there. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf


  • Turkey Flat Pedro Ximinez NV

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    I just love this - it has a beautiful clear amber colour, very smooth and long ... bottle too.Im an avid fan of turkey flat - but recommend everyone tries this - its worth every penn Read More

    Wine review by HeatherV


  • Kavaklidere Yakut Okuzgozu d'Elaz 2006

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    Purchased on 04/07/2009. Yet to review. Read More

    Wine review by doon


  • Kavaklidere Kalecik Karas Ancyra 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by jkesecio


  • Kavaklidere Red Blend Yakut 2007

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    Lost my notes. But it was decent. Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer


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