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Karnas Vineyards

Discover a Bodrum Wine Paradise: Karnas Vineyard and Winery and their Zinfandel

Couple enjoying Bodrum Vineyard Karnas wine tasting
Karnas Vineyards

Nestled amidst the sun-kissed landscapes of Bodrum, Turkey, lies a hidden gem that promises an enchanting wine experience like no other. Welcome to Karnas Vineyard and Winery, a destination that embodies the essence of Bodrum's rich winemaking heritage. I

The Charm of Bodrum Wine

Bodrum has a long history of winemaking, dating back to ancient times. Today, this coastal town continues to be a prominent player in Turkey's wine industry, producing a diverse array of wines with distinctive flavors. Bodrum's unique microclimate especially around the Karaova Valley with its warm summers and mild winters, provides the ideal conditions for vineyards to thrive. This, coupled with the fertile soils, contributes to the distinct characteristics of Bodrum wine, which tend to be round, fruity and bold.

Karnas Vineyard winery

The Story of Karnas Vineyard's Winery

Among the many wineries that grace the Bodrum region, Karnas Vineyard stands out as a beacon of tradition, passion, and excellence. Founded in the early 2000s, around 2005 by the İşmen Family, Karnas Vineyard is a family-owned and operated estate winery that has quickly garnered acclaim for its dedication to producing exceptional wines. Situated in the heart of the Bodrum Peninsula in the Karaova Valley, the vineyard benefits from the region's optimal climate and soil, ensuring the grapes' quality and resulting in a range of wines that captivate the senses. This is the place that the founders found where they might pursue their love of one grape in particular Zinfandel, which they learned to love in California, but understood its origin is likely somewhere in Asia minor as so many other cultivated wine grapes.

Bodrum Wine: The Grape Varieties at Karnas Vineyards - the home of Zinfandel?

Karnas Vineyard Zinfandel
Karnas Vineyard Zinfandel

Karnas Vineyard takes pride in cultivating three particular grape varieties which are not the most common in wine grape varieties in Turkey, showcasing the true essence of Bodrum wine. Among the notable grape varieties grown at Karnas are the aforementioned Zinfandel, Syrah, Vermentino, and Cabernet Franc. Each grape contributes its unique personality to the wines, reflecting the terroir and craftsmanship that go into producing them. While the Zinfandel is excellent and one of only two that I know of in Turkey, the Syrah at Karnas is even better - I recommend them both.

Bodrum Wine Tasting at Karnas Vineyard

A visit to Karnas Vineyard is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the art of wine tasting. The vineyard offers guided tours that walk visitors through the lush vineyards, providing insights into the winemaking process. During the wine tastings, you can sample a selection of the vineyard's finest wines, ranging from robust reds to delicate rosés and they may have one white Zinfandel. The tasting sessions allow guests to savor the complexity of Bodrum wine while gaining an appreciation for the passion and expertise of the winemakers.

Karnas Vineyard Barrels
Karnas Vineyard Barrels

Karnas An Idyllic Setting for Wine Enthusiasts

Karnas Vineyard's picturesque setting adds to the allure of the wine experience. Set on 20 hectares of land amidst hundreds of olive trees, the soil is a good combination of rocky clay soil. Surrounded by rolling hills and panoramic vistas, the estate offers a serene ambiance, perfect for relishing every sip of wine. Whether you choose to enjoy your tasting on the charming terrace overlooking the vineyard or within the rustic interior of the winery, Karnas provides a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Culinary Delights and Wine Pairings

To enhance the wine tasting experience, Karnas Vineyard offers special events on the weekends where they feature pizzas. They also work closely with Asli of Bodrum Cooking Classes but be aware they don't have a restaurant operating full time so call ahead if you are planning to eat to check what's on. But if you plan for one of their events, you'll be delighted. The art of pairing Bodrum wine with the region's cuisine elevates the tasting experience to a whole new level of indulgence.

For wine enthusiasts and travelers seeking an authentic and unforgettable experience, Karnas Vineyard and Winery near Bodrum, Turkey, offers a haven of enchantment. Embrace the charm of Bodrum wine, cultivated from indigenous grape varieties, and savor the passion and dedication that go into crafting each bottle. With its idyllic setting, and delightful wine pairings, Karnas Vineyard invites you to embark on a sensory journey that celebrates the artistry and heritage of Turkish winemaking.

Karnas Vineyard Interior

Karnas Vineyard Details

The vineyards are located 1okm from the Bodrum airport along the way to Bodrum city center (about 25 mins away). It makes a great escape in the summer evenings.

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Hi, thanks for dropping by!

This site is a work of love and passion for the people, land and wonderful produce of Turkey. As the ancient home of wine, join along with me as I discover the viticulture of Turkey, the lovely unique Turkish wine grapes, and the amazing and widely interesting people that make up this industry. 

I'm Chris and I spend weeks traveling in Turkey each year, exploring this verdant land.  Benefit from my experience.

And if you are looking for Turkish wine tours and tastings - either daily wine tours from Istanbul, Izmir or Cappadocia or week long wine tours, Don't hesitate to contact me. 

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