For three generations, DOLUCA has been a part of the Turkish winemaking industry, reflecting its traditional and innovative character in its service and product quality. At the beginning of the adventure in 1926, Nihat A. Kutman, returned to his home country after completing his education at the Geisenheim Wine Institute's programme in Enology and Viticulture. Soon after, he established a smal... Read more
For three generations, DOLUCA has been a part of the Turkish winemaking industry, reflecting its traditional and innovative character in its service and product quality. At the beginning of the adventure in 1926, Nihat A. Kutman, returned to his home country after completing his education at the Geisenheim Wine Institute's programme in Enology and Viticulture. Soon after, he established a small bottling plant in Galata, Istanbul, called Maison Vinicole which later acquired the name DOLUCA. Nihat A. Kutman, in his early years, produced wines from domestic grape varieties such as Yapincak and Karalahna, which he marketed under brands called Vinikol, Kara Elmas (Black Diamond), Sari Elmas (Yellow Diamond), becoming the first Turkish person to take part in this profession, dominated by non-muslims to that date. Believing in the need to constantly improve the quality of his wines, Nihat A. Kutman, after a lengthy research in Europe, brought grape varieties like Cinsault, Semillon, Gamay and Riesling to Turkey and began to grow them in various locations around Mürefte. He also played a major role, in spreading these varieties to the many wine growing regions of Thrace. In early 1940's, when wines made from these new varieties were introduced into the market, under the name of DOLUCA; they met with great success, mainly due to the distinction of the varieties and the special care shown in their production. Thus becoming the first person to produce wines from internationally known varieties, Nihat A. Kutman marked the dawn of a new era in Turkish wine-making while establishing the foundations of Doluca's lasting fame. Production facilities in both Istanbul and Mürefte were renovated from 1957 to 1963, bringing them up to date with modern technologies of the time, enabling Nihat A. Kutman to focus completely on high quality wine production. Second Generation Nihat A. Kutman's son, Ahmet Kutman, received his education in the field of Food Technology, Enology and Viticulture at the University of California at Davis, from where he graduated in 1967, shortly after which he returned home and joined the company management. Sarafin- (Nilkut) In 1990, DOLUCA's Chairman of the Board, Ahmet Kutman, together with his high school friend from Robert College, Güven Nil, ventured into a project that can be called a turning point in Turkish wine industry, under the name Sarafin. It involved the establishment of modern vineyard where the best known grape varieties in the world, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were grown with special care and presented to Turkish consumers in 1998, soon became the most prestigious wines of the country and are enjoying growing success with each year. In 1985, starting the first investment of this magnitude in the Turkish private wine sector, DOLUCA, as a result of ongoing projects during the last 20 years, has today grown to become one of the few of its kind, in terms of both capacity and modern technology, as well as product quality by world standards. DOLUCA today, continues to present over 35 different products to consumer's liking, with a 14 million bottle annual capacity. Paying as much as meticulous attention to consumer relations as to production quality, especially after Ahmet Kutman's daughter Sibel Kutman and son Ali Kutman, joined the company as a member of the third generation, DOLUCA has attained a broader contemporary outlook and embraced the mission of developing and enhancing the cultural awareness of wine in Turkey. Read less
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