Turkish Wineries

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If somebody mentions a winemaking country along the Mediterranean Sea, it usually conjures images of Italy, France or Spain, but with a rich history of winemaking, Turkey remains one of the world’s largest grape & wine producers. With an annual production of more than 1,000 types of grapes, including 30- 40 varieties used in wine making, annual wine consumption in Turkey reaches 20 million liters.

Turkish Wineries: Muscat Grapes
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The Caucus region played an early and important role in the development of wine making in the world and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkey’s president, established the country’s first commercial winery in 1925. It didn’t hurt that he had substantial cellar of his own!

The wine regions of Thrac along the Sea of Marmara make up nearly 40% of Turkey’s wine production while the regions along the Aegean coast make up another 20%. The remaining production comes from various places throughout the country. The international export is only about $10 million in revenue but Turkish wine has been holding its’ own in terms of quality at international wine competitions. In 2010, Turkish wine garnered over 150 awards at international competitions.

Two of the most successful winemakers in Turkey are Sarafin from the region of Thrace and Kavaklidere from Capadoccia. Turkish wines are available internationally from various Websites as well as at most Turkish restaurants in New York. To learn more about Turkish wines and Wineries, visit:

Map of Turkish wine regions

Winesleuth:Turkish Wine Tasting

30 Second Wine Drinker:Turkish Delight

International acclaim for Turkish Wine


One Response to “ Turkish Wineries ”

  1. Veronica says:

    One thing I can assure you – Europeans are way nicer then Americans! They will be very welcoming. Also, in my experience, people enjoy helping other people who are *willing* to learn! Learn how to say “how do you say xxx” and point to things! Learn how to say “can I practice my Italian with you?” … try to learn as much as you can and they will be appreciative! PS – are you going to be blogging while there? I am SO excited to hear all about it!

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