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

  • 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...

  • Mourvèdre

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sarafin

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

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Turkey on Snooth

  • 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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  • 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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