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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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Christy Canterbury MW

Master of Wine+Winner of the Villa Maria Award for Outstanding Viticulture Examination. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Snooth+Food Arts+Sommelier Journal+Beverage Media+others. Educator at SideTour+Astor Center. Incorrigible traveler!

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Varietals Produced in Turkey View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Have just had a look through the wine enthusiast's list for 2008 ... we got here was the Wild Turkey American Spirit 15yo. I bought 2 but because it's a rare one (here) haven't opened them.The stand out product on this list for me has to be St. Germain Liqueur Artisanale and if you get the chance try it half /half (Great quality a must) Rum. It... Read More

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  • The Thanksgiving family event always consists of a combination of family fun, ... these days its all about the turkey.So, as expected well be focusing on wines that pair well with white meat and all the trimmings. Typically, Id recommend sticking with white wines that could be considered off dry, or something that has sweeter notes, like a Re... Read More

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  • What Wine for Thanksgiving Snooth Panel Tasting Program blind tastes West ... ... wine thats just perfect for Turkey day.    Groups 5th/ my 5th  -2006 Willakenzie  Willamette Valley - 14.2%        $30The rather organic smelling nose of this wine caused a bit of controversy with Jeff commenting on its gamy Character which Jamie noted smelled l... Read More

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  • Wines tasted in this reportFlight 1A)2006 Ponzi A Tavola Willamette Valley ... ... and the right weight for Turkey day. 88ptshttp://www.snooth.com/wine/ponzi-pinot-noir-tavola-2006/B) 2006 Willakenzie Willamette Valley - 14.2% $30Screwcap Light and ethereal nose with herbal and raspberry notes, spicy black, anise high tones, very engaging no... Read More

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  • What Wine for Thanksgiving Snooth Panel Tasting Program blind tastes West ... ... wine thats just perfect for Turkey day.    Groups 5th/ my 5th  -2006 Willakenzie  Willamette Valley - 14.2%        $30The rather organic smelling nose of this wine caused a bit of controversy with Jeff commenting on its gamy Character which Jamie noted smelled l... Read More

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  • Well starting right here is a great idea!As we transition into full Holiday ... ... wines go well with Turkey?What wines are good choices for the Holiday party?What wine should I get my Boss/Dr./father-in-law, who is a wine geek, but keep it under $30 please?What wines should I buy for my son/wife/partner, who is just getting into wine and wa... Read More

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  • What are people planning on serving for Thanksgiving? I'm thinking two whites ... wines that will mesh with turkey, all the fixings and appetizers.First I think I'll go with a light wine that will go with appetizers and can make it through to the turkey. Trivento Torrontes is my current idea. http://www.snooth.com/wine/trivento-torrontes-selec... Read More

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  •  We get a lot of wine pairing advice requests at the wine shop/wine bar ... wonder what to drink with turkey and sweet potatoes. And just to mix things up, our customers sprinkle in an odd question or two (what do I serve with a spicy, red pepper lasagna with tofu béchamel sauce over fake chicken with pork).But within the last few months, one ... Read More

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  • Here it is: my obligatory Champagne/New Year's Eve piece. A true staple, this ... the bit on what to pair with turkey for Thanksgiving. So here it is. Whether you want it or not, it's that time of year.  The good news is that I'll keep it short. I won't tell you that Cava makes a fine substitute for those who want some mousse for less mon... Read More

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