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"...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Sarafin

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

  • Doluca

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

  • Melen

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

  • Wild Turkey

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

  • 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...

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Turkey on Snooth

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

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • 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

  • Food pretty successful, plating/photography ok, wine not so much.Wild mushroom ... cheese and maple vinaigretteTurkey roulade, parsley artichoke pesto roll, smashed celeryroot and potatos with gravyi won't mention the wine other than to say we didn't like it.  the story is i am terrible a "tasting rooms".  these people pour their heart and sou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Thanksgiving thread

  • Starting on Wednesday night and going through Sunday I had the following:2006 ... ... off dry white great for Turkey Day)200? Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel (good flavors but I think they got the grape proportion wrong - need a touch more grenache)Delamotte Blanc de blancs NV (LOVELY stuff - I am falling in love with Delamotte bottle by bo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Thanksgiving thread

  • I am drinking 2011 Loca Linda Malbec Rose, I paired it with (of course left over) turkey and gravy, stuffing, and mac&cheese. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? -...

  • Glad to hear all went well OT, how many people did you have over?We picked up ... ... with what we got and the Turkey was cooked about perfectly so we might just do it again next year.As for the wine, the '11 Lapierre Beaujolais worked very well, just needs a little more age. Was glad I decanted, and looking forward to adding more for future t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Thanksgiving thread

  • The recipe said let the Turkey chill in the sink for a couple hours before roasting. Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Thanksgiving thread

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