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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  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Had been to France a few times and had lots of wine, had a friend who was one ... ... I wanted to drink with a turkey sandwich and I looked at the six or seven wines I had sitting around and went through them in my head, imagining how each would taste with my sandwich.Suddenly I realized what I was doing and in that moment I "got" the point of... Read More

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  • Somehow the US Navy needs to get involved, too. Destroyer, sub and SEALS, at ... vineyards and wineries of Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece. We won't want to see what the producers and director do to the script, anyway. Maybe out of guilt the producers will lend us their yacht to support our ongoing vinous research. Drown our shame in wine, soon to... Read More

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  • Don't know there are any relics nearby. An old well and a few stones may ... different in each country.Turkey is supposedly pro-business under its current government, which by most accounts has a number of issues. As to who owns those wells, that's another issue, of cours Read More

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  • I've got some fungus on my feet that is even older, and traces its roots ... ... You say you are in Turkey, but what kind of project is going on? Not really sure that this makes any sense--if there's value to the yeast, wouldn't you be talking to one of these labs about purifying and commercializing it, not selling chunks of icky black goop? ... Read More

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  • Hi GREGT,Actually, i am not %100 sure how old it is.. As i write before, ... a ... a sample to university in Turkey for analysis on my own. I already contact with a Proffessor which is president at Departmant of Moleculer Biology and Genetics in UniversityI am not expert for this or wines..I have no idea how to use this yeast..But you can be s... Read More

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  • I didn't get the memo either. I opened a 2013 McGah Family Cellars Scarlett ... ... we also popped this 2001 Turkey Pesenti. This was really nice. On the downhill slide but really showing well. Dropping some color but the sloshing of a two hour drive mixed it up and gave us a cloudy pale red wine. Candied red fruit, slightly piercing acid and i... Read More

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  • EM - I'm always ready for a tasty Chardonnay.  I currently prefer ones ... Sauvignon red blend with a turkey that Sandra roasted in the oven.  It's her tradition to get two turkeys near Thanksgiving, one fresh from Whole Foods ($$$) and one frozen from the local Giant market ($).  We cook the cheap one for ourselves on New Years Day.  Oh, we al... Read More

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  • The proper social grouping always makes the difference for that type of ... ... sure I want to make a BBQ-turkey, whiskey-driven hoe down a future Thanksgiving tradition, but this one was fu Read More

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  • So OT, does the room feel darker now? All the projects like yours I've been ... since we were doing a BBQ turkey with a much stronger flavor than usual. Side dish of pulled pork, too. Corn pudding, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes in orange sauce, sauteed mushrooms, cole slaw and an iceberg/bacon/blue cheese salad, strange... Read More

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  • I'm pretty bad about naming the 10 different Crus of Beajolais but the ... J.P. Thevenet last week for Turkey Day really turned my head. It has that direct and effortless quality with good background nuance, and of course is well framed by acidity and some structure. I used to look for wines with a long finish, but perhaps I'm opening up to dif... Read More

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