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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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Popular wines made in Turkey under $20

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Varietals Produced in Turkey View all

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • Wild Turkey

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

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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Turkey on Snooth

  • Kavaklidere Red Blend Yakut 2007

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    Lost my notes. But it was decent. Read More

    Wine review by troyconquer


  • Pernod Ricard has announced it is selling Wild Turkey and related businesses to Gruppo Campari for 575million US, what Icon is next? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wild Turkey goes Italian?


  • Turkey Flat Rosé 2007

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    Gorgeous color. Very floral and soft fruit on the nose. Perfect balance of fruit, floral, sweetness, and acid. Not sure how complex it is, but I love it anyway. Read More

    Wine review by Violetstardom


  • If you go look at the Wine page on snooth: http://www.snooth.com/wine/You'll ... is the featured group - Wild Turkey. Just a statistical chance, but it caught my attenti Read More

    Forum post in the topic Clean sweep by RBoulanger


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Have you seen the latest...


  • In my best impression of our friend Miles; I hope you all have a wonderful bird .../Turkey.jpg Read More

    Forum post in the topic Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Wines for family fun that...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir in time for...


  • 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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