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

  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • Marsanne

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

  • Pedro Ximénez

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Subregions of Turkey

Popular Wineries in Turkey View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Wild Turkey

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

  • Doluca

    For three generations, DOLUCA has been a part of the Turkish winemaking industry, reflecting its ...

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Turkey on Snooth

  • The proper social grouping always makes the difference for that type of ... ... sure I want to make a BBQ-turkey, whiskey-driven hoe down a future Thanksgiving tradition, but this one was fu Read More

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  • So OT, does the room feel darker now? All the projects like yours I've been ... since we were doing a BBQ turkey with a much stronger flavor than usual. Side dish of pulled pork, too. Corn pudding, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes in orange sauce, sauteed mushrooms, cole slaw and an iceberg/bacon/blue cheese salad, strange... Read More

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  • I'm pretty bad about naming the 10 different Crus of Beajolais but the ... J.P. Thevenet last week for Turkey Day really turned my head. It has that direct and effortless quality with good background nuance, and of course is well framed by acidity and some structure. I used to look for wines with a long finish, but perhaps I'm opening up to dif... Read More

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  • DV - I decanted the BC wine of course.  What sort of wine whore do you ... ... We were eating homemade turkey soup too.Regarding a comparison to the Barboursville Octagon, Sandra thinks it is comparable, but I believe the Octagon is just slightly better.  It was very nice and I am pleased to have had the opportunity to consume it.  I would bu... Read More

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  • "So, how about proposing some dates?  My suggestion is Black Friday, ... ... or best yet 'the turkey' (though back in Massachusetts they were eating venison)!  ; Read More

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  • This is likely going to be a difficult search. Wine Searcher shows only an ... ... in New Zealand or over in Turkey.You should  check a number of wine auction sites, even going so far as eBay, though expectations regarding bottle condition can't be high on that latter site. If, ultimately, you cannot find a bottle from that no-longer-existing ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking to Redeem Myself

  • Well, the welcome mat is usually out. We're about five degrees cooler than ... ... Plenty of deer and wild turkey- no hunting, unfortunately- and even some black bear.Gary Galleron is now the winemaker at Fiftyrows (sic), and I'm looking forward to receiving the trial bottles I ordered. I hope he hasn't lost his touc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine & Scotch Whisky!

  • We are enjoying reheated turkey from a dish Sandra cooked on the 1st of January 2015.  It's quite tasty actually.  For a wine pairing, I selected the Repris Chardonnay that was chilling in the fridge for the past week.  Very nice too.  That hanging basket of flowers is from Sandra's mother for Sandra to celebrate Mother's Day.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • "there should be no correspondence between wine choice and calendar ... ... pasta, canned sauce, frozen turkey meat balls.  Can't be gourmet every night.But Paul came by today with my case of 2013 Halcon Alturas Syrah which is (thanks to OT) a staple product here on Snooth.  I'll be typing up a flyer tonight to part with 6-8 of them, then tomo... Read More

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  • Vinkara Kalecik Karasi Reserve 2011


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    Wine review by Marianne C

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