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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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...

  • 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 ...

  • Kavaklidere

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

  • 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...

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Turkey on Snooth

  • Cline Av Zinfandel 2006


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    Wine review by gkam

  • Any Label NV


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    Wine review by DAN SANLI

  • If you couldn't tell from my recent posts, cabin fever is setting in.  ... ... the time to hunt wild turkeys and the time to gather wild morel mushrooms.  The breast of a wild turkey is substantial and can be prepared quite a few different ways, but the legs of a wild turkey get quite a bit of exercise and so they are chewy and fibrous, but d... Read More

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  • Cline Av Zinfandel 2006


    Great Wine for an excellent price. Read More

    Wine review by rojmrc

  • Doluca Red Blend Bogazkere-Öküzgözü Kav 2003


    Aged in barrique for 12 months. Good price/value ratio. Marriage of two popular local varieties from East Anatolia. Full body, high tannin Bogazkere and round Okuzgozu to balance. Read More

    Wine review by serdar

  • Sevilen R Roze 2010


    This wine is perfect...... Read More

    Wine review by gonikiler

  • Sarafin Merlot Rouge NV


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    Wine review by brklbyrk

  • Sarafin Chardonnay Blanc 2003


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    Wine review by brklbyrk

  • Sarafin Sauvignon Blanc NV


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    Wine review by brklbyrk

  • Sarafin Fumé Blanc NV


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    Wine review by brklbyrk

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