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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  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Turkey View all

  • Kavaklidere

    Kavaklıdere Winery, the first private sector wine producer in Turkey, is founded by Cenap And in ...

  • Wild Turkey

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Turkey on Snooth

  • My father sent me out on the day before Thanksgiving many decades ago to ... ... ... wine for our traditional turkey dinner.It was the best complimentary wine to the food, I have ever tasted. I don't believe it was the sweet desert wine that is offered today.Was there a different Sauterne offered years ago ? I cannot find it anywher Read More

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  • The iPhone isn't the best camera of course, but it sure is ... pick something to pair with turkey leftovers tonight Read More

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  • Mark, try Riesling with pork roasted with prunes or apricots, or a drier one ... salmon, or even match it to turkey or chicken stuffed with chestnuts or wild rice and tell me it's not a food wine. Many, many more great matches for the wine. Read More

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  • My neice served the traditional turkey with which we had the Gevrey Chambertin although my sister had the sauternes.I had a glass of the sauternes myself with the Stilton cheese later on in the meal Read More

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  • We had a nice Thanksgiving.  It was also a birthday celebration for my son ... of us drinking it.  The turkey that great grandma cooked was excellen Read More

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  • Turkey is done. Need a white and was thinking Jemrose Viognier. Jim aims at a Condrieu style and I think it may work well with this meal. Also have the SB or Sem from Quivet, Becklyn, Myriad. That Ceritas PMR sure looks enticing EMark!  Read More

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  • 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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