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

  • 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"...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Arcadia Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Merlot 2009

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    Wine review by cyril


  • Weller Centennial was simply the best whiskey I have ever tasted.  100 ... all the Beam brands, Wild Turkey Rare Breed, and on and on.  Before I geeked on wine, I geeked on Bourbon, and consumed prodigious amounts in my 20s and early 30s.  But this was head and shoulders better. Alas, it went out of production for a few years and then came bac... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Holy Grail! Pre-Buffalo...


  • Paso Robles Trip Notes: West of PasoThis was a trip my wife and I had planned ... for my guests and for the turkey. However, after removing the wrapping from my backup selection (bought in Italy), the wine looked like it was probably cooked with some red showing all the way through the cork on the top. So TC tannat it was, and it wound up doin... Read More

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  • Kavaklidere Cabernet Sauvignon Egeo 2009

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    Drank this wine two times while in Istanbul. Smoot, fruity and pleasantly dry. Highly recommended. Read More

    Wine review by mwasser


  • Want to buy a couple of reasonable bottles to keep for family dinners at ... O'Raida Shiraz 2008Turkey Flat Shiraz 2006 SpanishMarques de Murrieta Gran Reserva 2003Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2001Prado Enea Muga 2004Rioja Gran Reserva Vina Real 1999/2001 CVNE  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Shall I purchase ?


  • Kavaklidere Dikmen Red

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    loved this low alcohol red, looking for more!!! Read More

    Wine review by mjrock


  • Given Easter is almost upon us I thought I would ask how my fellow Snooth ... ... forces at Gallipoli Cove in Turkey on 25 April 1915 during WW1. SO Tuesday 26th is also a public holidayWe celebrate Good Friday with a red meat free barbeque at a local park with family and friends.  Some nice seafood and a hit of Tennis.  A couple of low alcoho... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Easter


  • Valiant Turkey Ridge Creek Merlot NV

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    Wine review by wineybikerbitch


  • Valiant Turkey Ridge Creek Chardonnay NV

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    Wine review by wineybikerbitch


  • Valiant Turkey Ridge Creek Zinfandel NV

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    Wine review by wineybikerbitch


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