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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Popular wines made in Turkey under $20

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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...

  • 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...

  • Marsanne

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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Melen

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

  • Sarafin

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

  • 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 ...

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Turkey on Snooth

  • We'll be bringing a bottle of white (2012 Domaine Serene Chardonnay - ... Sandra cooks the turkey at our house, but this year we somehow talked her mother into cooking it.  I hope everything goes well.. Read More

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  • Come mow Darren, every night is a wine night at this house.We (Americans) are ... find still on hand. The turkey, a 21-1/2# beauty, has been in brine going on two days.  Tomorrow morning early it goes on the smoker for about 6 or 7 hr Read More

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  • Late last week we bought a turkey breast and roasted it for dinner.  Yup, two weeks before Thanksgiving we had turkey.  There was plenty leftover, and on Sunday we had turkey sandwiches.  There's still some leftover, and we're going to have turkey sandwiches, again.  On Sunday I found some really awesome pears at the supermarket and some sort of... Read More

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  • `Wines should be nimble and refreshing, energizing rather than fatiguing and ... and ... say you have some turkey - wild or supermarket? And are you eating it plain? Maybe you can pair that piece of meat with some wine and in fact, it's harder to think of a wine that won't work than it is to list those that will.But are you having that turkey... Read More

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  • Good to be reminded of the Bourgeuil I have at my mom's place, will have to ... Perhaps no better pair with Turkey. Lapierre Morgon usually isn't much more than $ Read More

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  • Okay, I'm providing wine for my family (or I hope so, or I won't have ... ... as great a match with turkey as people think, and good pinot for $15 is pretty rare.  Mediocre pinot just misses the point, like mediocre sushi.Whites?  La Crema Chardonnay fits the bill, but how about Pine Ridge Chenin-Viognier for about $12?  Or an Albarino?  Or a... Read More

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  • "I am more of a bold, big body red wine fan, but I want to get something ... is not what you want with a turkey dinner. It will overpower the bird, and end up in a trainwreck of a clash of wills and flavors with the sides. You'll notice all the reds we've been recommending dance with lighter footwork than some California fruitbomb. I'll once a... Read More

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  • David, GregT and Dmcker are two of the most knowledgeable contributors to the ... pretty much overpower the turkey and most white wines.  I'm thinking here of sugar-heavy yams, cranberry sauce and ham glaze.  One bite of those and that sugar just lives in your mouth for the rest of the meal.  That is why I like the idea of a bigger, fruitier w... Read More

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  • GREGT said it all. PN's start at $30 from Oregon and under $10, they are a ... get lucky.The problem with Turkey Day wines is that most wines overpower the mildness of the turkey and its trappings. For reds, how about a Barbera, maybe even a red Lambrusco, even if it is bubbly, also a Dornfelder, even a Petite Syrah. Same issue for whites; try... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...

  • "This year, my wife and I are hosting the family Thanksgiving dinner and I ... will enjoy with the ham and turkey. I was thinking about maybe doing a case (total) with 6 reds and 6 whites. For the red, I was thinking a Pinot Noir would be simple and go well, and for the white, I was thinking a nice (not too oaky) chardonnay.  "Economical, bold,... Read More

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