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

  • Mourvèdre

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

  • 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,...

  • 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"...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Wild Turkey

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

  • 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 ...

  • Melen

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

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Turkey on Snooth

  • 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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  • Grilled some Turkey, Black Pig Bacon and Cheddar sandwiches on Sourdough tonight along with Sweet Potato Soup. D is still under the weather. Popped a '12 Bedrock Carignane since I'm going there tomorrow to pick up my wine. Typical Bedrock earthy French Oak nose. Darker and meatier than the Pax from last week. More concentrated fruit as well as a... Read More

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  • BLM - Is that jerky marinated in Wild Turkey or the generic game bird style? Read More

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  • I went with Cabernet Sauvignon TWO-BUCK CHUCK which BTW goes for about $3 on ... ... paired with smoked wild turkey jerke Read More

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  • Had been to France a few times and had lots of wine, had a friend who was one ... ... I wanted to drink with a turkey sandwich and I looked at the six or seven wines I had sitting around and went through them in my head, imagining how each would taste with my sandwich.Suddenly I realized what I was doing and in that moment I "got" the point of... Read More

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  • Somehow the US Navy needs to get involved, too. Destroyer, sub and SEALS, at ... vineyards and wineries of Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece. We won't want to see what the producers and director do to the script, anyway. Maybe out of guilt the producers will lend us their yacht to support our ongoing vinous research. Drown our shame in wine, soon to... Read More

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  • Don't know there are any relics nearby. An old well and a few stones may ... different in each country.Turkey is supposedly pro-business under its current government, which by most accounts has a number of issues. As to who owns those wells, that's another issue, of cours Read More

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  • I've got some fungus on my feet that is even older, and traces its roots ... ... You say you are in Turkey, but what kind of project is going on? Not really sure that this makes any sense--if there's value to the yeast, wouldn't you be talking to one of these labs about purifying and commercializing it, not selling chunks of icky black goop? ... Read More

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