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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Christy Canterbury MW

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

  • 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...

  • Mourvèdre

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

  • Marsanne

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pedro Ximénez

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

Subregions of Turkey

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  • 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 ...

  • Sarafin

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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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  • An impromptu Thanksgiving hodgepodge at a friend's house tonight. Turkey that was undercooked and covered with an insipid gravy, together with some potstickers that were boiled in broth, not cooked on a castiron skillet or steamed, which is just fine. Unfortunately with some bottled sesame salad dressing poured over it. Have to respect the hospi... Read More

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  • Never heard from you on this D, what do you like with your turkey outside of Pinot Noir, Beajolais?Champers, White Burg, Languedoc? Read More

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  • DMC- the Win 12 is an outstanding shotgun! Never heard of slugs for turkey. Reason is would ruin the bird. The largest shot allowed in MA for turkey is no. 4. I think part of idea is to reduce chances of someone being able to poach another animal out of season while turkey hunting. Aim high for the head and neck to keep BBs out of the meat. A lo... Read More

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  • That turkey is about 18 lbs, a younger bird. The big ones around here are in the mid to upper 20s. One had to be euthanized this past year for attacking a mailman. Yes indeed the pheasant gun is a Browning Auto 5, a 1961 Belgium (super year for bordeaux btw). The scope on the turkey gun is to be able to take a longer shot. The birds are tough ne... Read More

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  • Just old pioneer/farming/ranching stock where I came from so nothing as fancy ... heard tell of people hunting turkey with solid slugs (or rifles)--is that at all common? No. 4 shot sounds smaller than many use for geese (I used to use no. 2). How long your shells? What type of pellets?You ever drink anything other than Burg with your turkey? ... Read More

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  • If we're talking Thanksgiving specific, it's a good Cru Beajolais, like ... ... Does very well with the turkey itself and stands up to Cranberry, etc. I should try some new world Pinot and Blanc de Noirs as well this year, it's been a whil Read More

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  • Over here when you buy chicken livers you get the hearts. As expected with a ... a ... heart.How big is that turkey? Never have hunted them properly, though have shot farmed animals with a .22 from a distance to avoid getting any fear products into the meat.This all takes me back, that's for sure.That's a big syrah for pheasant I would think,... Read More

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  • I've enjoyed drinking plenty of rieslings with venison. Depending on how ... ... default for goose and turkey and dove/pigeon and quail has always been white, though I do occasionally stray, more with wild versions than domesticated. Stray to red even more with duck but that depends, again, on the preparation/sauce. Hey, rose works, too!  As ... Read More

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