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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Subregions of Turkey

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  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Idol Sarap

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

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Turkey on Snooth

  • Thanksgiving... an interesting time of year for wine... so many different ... ... wish to drink a CA chard...turkey flat, rose, barossa... mainly for the name : ) but its a solid rose that i think can handle food or by itself... and who doesn't like rose?hahn, pinot noir... not one of their finest labels, but it should fit the bill for a casua... Read More

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  • Hello everyone...would Chateauneuf du Pape  work for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey etc????  Read More

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  • I'm thinking white is too weak red is too strong Is there anything worth drinking in the blushes Read More

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  • Trying to decide what bottle of wine to bring for Thanksgiving this year, could ... ... Thanksgiving dishes i.e. Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, the usual. I'm thinking a Zinfandel would be the way to go, open to all comments.Thank Read More

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  • Kavaklidere Syrah Egeo 2008

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    Just returned from a holiday in Turkey where this was the best red available, turned out to be by some way the best wine we have ever had from Turkey. Happily ordered more each night but had only checked the price with a fellow guest. He'd got it wrng, and we ended up with a bar bill bigger than the cost of our flights. Much cheaper to order her... Read More

    Wine review by JJ Deede


  • Kavaklidere Red Blend Yakut 2008

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    Wine review by Turkish Wines 4 Me


  • Once again from our friends at Ohio's own:"Hello, Friends -The weather is ... ... is ... 13Grand River Valley Turkey TrotProgressive Wine Tasting at Debonne Vineyards, Ferrante Winery, Grand River Cellars, Laurello Vineyards, and St. Joseph Vineyards. All wines will be paired with dishes from a traditional Thanksgiving Feast to help you pick ... Read More

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  • Sarafin Cabernet Sauvignon Rouge 2001

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    Wine review by latif


  • Sarafin Merlot Rouge NV

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  • Hi everybody, I'm a 20 year-old university student from Turkey. Anatolia has a great wine history. Maybe most of you don't know but, the origin of the wine occured in West Anatolia with musket grape (in Turkish "Misket Üzümü"). Today, Tukey has really professional winemakers like Corvus, Kavaklidere, Selendi... In Europe, some Michelin 2-stars r... Read More

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