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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+Winner of the Villa Maria Award for Outstanding Viticulture Examination. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Snooth+Food Arts+Sommelier Journal+Beverage Media+others. Educator at SideTour+Astor Center. Incorrigible traveler!

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Varietals Produced in Turkey View all

  • Pedro Ximénez

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

  • 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"...

  • 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...

Subregions of Turkey

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  • Wild Turkey

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

  • 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 ...

  • Idol Sarap

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

  • Sarafin

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

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Turkey on Snooth

  • Kavaklidere Red Blend Yakut 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by jamieettedgui

  • Never had Wild Turkey. You find it more tartey, "wild" than Tanguray? I like the stronger, bold flavor of Tanguaray. It's a good contrast to Toic. I am not big on Bombay, for example, I think it's too mild for gin, though the other end, the Hendrick's ,is too bold for me.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bringing up the "big guns"

  • I was thinking more like the Wild Turkey 101, but some folks like to ease into things... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bringing up the "big guns"

  • SCAM ALERT!Okay, I approved this post for publication, but I'm almost 100% ... ... what I learned:  Turkey was neutral during WW II so the Axis had to ship their boats to the Black Sea by rivers, roads and trains.  The first Axis subs did not arrive until 1942.  Makes it kind of hard to sink anything the year before. So how about a mention of... Read More

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  • Happy B-day to Ms. Emark! It's a chenin blanc from Vouvray for me ... ... a massive amount of leftover turkey that called for some creativity. So I did a turkey shepherd's pie with lots of fresh parsley and sage. I wanted to open a wine that would make for a good pairing.I have this interesting book called "Taste buds and molecules: the art an... Read More

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  • Sevilen Syrah & Merlot 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by redwhitewine

  • I was on "vacation" (How does one take a vacation from retirement?), ... ... Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Turkey, Bacon, Cheese & Honey Mustard Sanwiches SnacksVeggies & DipFresh Fruit LunchTri Tip Sandwiches on Toasted Buttered RollsHorseradish Sauce, Mayo, Mustard, PicklesSweet Mustard Cole SlawHeirloom Tomato Caprese Salad Hauler-Made Peanut But... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No vacation but I make the...

  • I haven't been checking snooth as much as I should recently, so missed this ... . Turkey Flat, also in the Barossa, have some that were planted in 1847 -- http://www.turkeyflat.com.au/wines/shiraz/2010 . My impression the main advantage (if any, beyond preserving a bit of viticultural heritage) was lower yields. Deeper roots probably also help ... Read More

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  • Sevilen Centum Syrah 2010


    a superb wine. Plenty to get the palate excited with spice, pepper and plum-rich fruit. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Sevilen Plato Kalecik Karasi 2011


    fruity, floral edge in a pinot noir style Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

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