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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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...

  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

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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 ...

  • Idol Sarap

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this ... 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.  I was hoping ... Read More

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  • "So what does improve crap wine?" Need some specifics. E.g.:crap ... and others of the ilk: cold turkey for their drinkers at a detox center followed by drain dumps for bottle content and recycling for the containers and shutdown of the factory linesEtc, etc., ad nause Read More

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  • I'm a fan of cab franc based wines with roast chicken and probably posted ... posted ... Also good with turkey on Thanksgiving for those of us statesid Read More

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  • It's Rosé time. San Felipe Rosé de Malbec. It smells ... ... with some heavily spiced turkey necks.I bought it because its short contact with oak (3 months), and I find this very unusual for a Rosé. Is it? or it is some new tren Read More

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  • They were tasty Al. So is this, seems we have been getting our Zinfandel on lately. Pairing with Turkey Meatloaf tonight. Sun never came out today, even got a few rain drops in the windshield. Sub-70° in August? WTF?  Read More

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  • Sparklng Zinfandel!!!  That sounds so good to us Zinfandel bigots.  I ... best accompaniment to the Turkey/Stuffing/Cranberry Sauce Thanksgiving feas Read More

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  • Kavaklidere Dikmen Red


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    Wine review by TRACEY971

  • GT - Good post, and I sense you agree with my perspective on tasting the ... ... ... meaning the country near Turkey and Russia.  The grape varietal is Saperavi - produces substantial deep red wines that are suitable for extended aging, perhaps up to fifty years.  Saperavi has the potential to produce high alcohol levels and is used extensivel... Read More

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  • Vinkara Narince 2012


    Vinkara is the well known Turkish Winery. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Vinkara Narince 2012


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    Wine review by mark

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