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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  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Melen

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

  • 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...

  • Idol Sarap

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

  • 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

  • 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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  • So Al, why did you include Hungary with the Balkans? Might as well add Austria ... Then how about the Levant or Turkey?  How many wines from each area, and what varietals? Etc., etc. Always curious how people put together their tastings and other programs, thus asking. Read More

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  • Bonus Day - Oakland After dropping off the rest or our gang at the ... going to quit cold turkey and since there are about a half dozen nice wineries with tasting rooms in the area we were able to satisfy our Joneses. Dashe Cellars has always put out a nice product so we headed there first. Always good QPR on their reds, especially their lineup... Read More

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  • Sandra cooked a turkey (another New Year's Day tradition, as we pick up an extra frozen turkey around Thanksgiving real cheap) for our enjoyment tonight.  We paired it with this 2010 Barnett Pinot Noir.  Life is better than good. Read More

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  • Went to a place that serves ham, turkey and game dishes in a drive for those in need.  You can bring your bottle and the corkage, $5 per goes to the fund a worth while cause and it was fun.  We took in 6 seats and went early - big ice storm on the way - so we decided the better part of valor was to enjoy the fun and leave early...and safely.The ... Read More

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  • DM- I do smoke meat and fish (turkey and bluefish are 2 of my favs) but since this is my first time ever sausage making I have not smoked it yet. It is a great idea.  Read More

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  • Hi! I've been active on the Vinous and Reddit Wine forums and was looking ... including, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Mexico, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, etc. Ask me anythin Read More

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  • Kabatepe Kirmizi Red 2013


    With a mixture of native Turkish vines (Karasakiz) and imported French varieties (Syrah; Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot) this wine evokes a freezer chest of cherries and cranberries on the nose. On the palate, there is a slightly tannic bed of unripe sweet cherry, with a moderately lengthy finish. Very decent, and first tasted at Marquis Wines Van... Read More

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  • We cooked the main dishes and brought them over to our son Tom's place. ... preparing the dishes and the turkey was cut up by me!  I always do my part you see.Our two wines were a 2011 Migration (Duckhorn) Pinot Noir and a 2014 Medlock Ames 'Lower Slope' Chardonnay.  Both wines went well with the food.  Upon returning home, we lit a fire and w... Read More

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  • Sorry folks, Santa's internet has been down. Had to take the sleigh out to ... been received. Each lots of Turkey and fixin's, drink lots of good wines and keep us updated on the festivities!~ San Read More

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