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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Christy Canterbury MW

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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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • Wild Turkey

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

  • Kavaklidere

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

  • Melen

    Şölenlerin, kutsamaların, tanrıların içkisi şarabın kıymetini anlatan hikayelerin sayısı azımsanm...

  • Doluca

    For three generations, DOLUCA has been a part of the Turkish winemaking industry, reflecting its ...

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Turkey on Snooth

  • We celebrated Thanksgiving at Sandra's folks and included two birthdays too ... too ... to bring over the turkey she was cooking.  I saved the 2015 Soter North Valley Chardonnay for the turkey dinner, which didn't start until after 6 PM because the turkey cooking time was under-estimated.  Anyway, the Soter Chardonnay was very good.  Glad we j... Read More

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  • In preparation for our family gathering next week, I attended a Thanksgiving ... this site will be serving on Turkey Day!  Happy Thanksgiving, all!&nbs Read More

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  • A little more context can be found for the East Bay turkey infestation here. Seems like their reputation for being dumb birds may be ill founded since their survival strategies are looking crafty. Seems like they're trying to bust into the inner group, with crows and pigeons, of birds that do well in a human environment.Hemingway wrote about how... Read More

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  • Turkey innocently sashaying down an Oakland sidewalk... Read More

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  • DMCKER - If it weren't illegal to hunt with a car I'd have turkey every day of the week.  Flocks of 20-30 strong on the side of the rode.  The reservation near us gives away turkey tags to their tribal members.We've got a group of about 15-20 that my dog has a blast with and you should see them try to get off the ground and fly through the trees... Read More

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  • So Greece and Turkey are still in that map (perhaps not Crete); the main difference is dropping Hungary and adding Moldova when talking about 'The Balkans'.  Well, one of my wines is from Hungary, so I'm keeping it in.  However, another one of my wines (a nice one I might add) is from Moldova, which I didn't list.  I could switch it up, but mayb... Read More

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  • There's serious controversy amongst geographers and historians about ... ... even by the slipshod) and Turkey should be included--purists refuse to allow. Then we can get into whether Moldova is supposed to be part of Romania (or the Ukraine, or Russia as Putin might think). We need to qualify who's putting these maps together, for what purpos... Read More

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  • Well that's a bullshit map, in historical, cultural, ethnic, geopolitical ... it together??Cut out Greece, Turkey and Hungary and we're getting closer to what has been referred to in the most contexts during the 20th Century as 'The Balkans'. The former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Romania, basically. Problem states, all split up and 'balkanized',... Read More

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  • So Al, why did you include Hungary with the Balkans? Might as well add Austria ... Then how about the Levant or Turkey?  How many wines from each area, and what varietals? Etc., etc. Always curious how people put together their tastings and other programs, thus asking. Read More

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  • Bonus Day - Oakland After dropping off the rest or our gang at the ... going to quit cold turkey and since there are about a half dozen nice wineries with tasting rooms in the area we were able to satisfy our Joneses. Dashe Cellars has always put out a nice product so we headed there first. Always good QPR on their reds, especially their lineup... Read More

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