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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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"...

  • 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...

  • Pedro Ximénez

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

  • Marsanne

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

  • 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

  • Idol Sarap

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

  • Kavaklidere

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

  • Sarafin

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

  • Melen

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

  • 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...

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Turkey on Snooth

  • I was thinking more like the Wild Turkey 101, but some folks like to ease into things... Read More

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  • SCAM ALERT!Okay, I approved this post for publication, but I'm almost 100% ... ... what I learned:  Turkey was neutral during WW II so the Axis had to ship their boats to the Black Sea by rivers, roads and trains.  The first Axis subs did not arrive until 1942.  Makes it kind of hard to sink anything the year before. So how about a mention of... Read More

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  • Happy B-day to Ms. Emark! It's a chenin blanc from Vouvray for me ... ... a massive amount of leftover turkey that called for some creativity. So I did a turkey shepherd's pie with lots of fresh parsley and sage. I wanted to open a wine that would make for a good pairing.I have this interesting book called "Taste buds and molecules: the art an... Read More

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  • I was on "vacation" (How does one take a vacation from retirement?), ... ... Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Turkey, Bacon, Cheese & Honey Mustard Sanwiches SnacksVeggies & DipFresh Fruit LunchTri Tip Sandwiches on Toasted Buttered RollsHorseradish Sauce, Mayo, Mustard, PicklesSweet Mustard Cole SlawHeirloom Tomato Caprese Salad Hauler-Made Peanut But... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No vacation but I make the...

  • I haven't been checking snooth as much as I should recently, so missed this ... . Turkey Flat, also in the Barossa, have some that were planted in 1847 -- http://www.turkeyflat.com.au/wines/shiraz/2010 . My impression the main advantage (if any, beyond preserving a bit of viticultural heritage) was lower yields. Deeper roots probably also help ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...

  • Sevilen Centum Syrah 2010


    a superb wine. Plenty to get the palate excited with spice, pepper and plum-rich fruit. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Sevilen Plato Kalecik Karasi 2011


    fruity, floral edge in a pinot noir style Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Sevilen Plato Syrah/Okuzgozu 2010


    has plenty of potential for aging (there is a little Petit Verdot in the blend too) and a great robust character too coupled with a ripe spice and chocolate edge. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • I have a question. Why is it that with the holidays, people start stocking up ... has to pair holiday food (turkey, stuffings, ham etc) with Pinot Noir? I ask because local wine stores have been big on promoting Pinot Noirs! and I keep hearing about it.. I havent noticed it in the past years since I was not as into wine then. Isit just Pinot N... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir and Holidays

  •  A bit about me: I currently work as a Wine Consultant at VOS Selections, ... and spent one additional in Turkey where I uncovered a life-size statue of Zeus. My specializations (an early call to the wine industry, perhaps?) included Greek drinking vessels and frescoes of Roman drinking parties in Pompeii. The combination of historical context... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Introduction to me ... Danica...

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