LA Lucian Arkas Bağları & LA Mahzen / LA Vineyards & LA Cellars
LA Vineyards & Cellars is a Beautiful (Fancy!) Example of Turkish Wine Potential
Lucien Arkas LA Vineyards History
The Lucien Arkas Vineyard and Cellars are named after its founder, Lucien Arkas, a shipping magnate from Izmir, Turkey who is also renowned for his vision and passion for winemaking. Founded in 2002 by French-Turkish businessman Lucien Arkas, the estate pioneered the production of fine wine in the Aegean region. Established in the early 2000s, the winery quickly gained recognition for its unwavering commitment to crafting wines of the highest caliber. This dedication to quality has been instrumental in elevating Turkish wines on both national and international stages.
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The winery's prime location near Izmir plays a pivotal role in shaping the character of its wines. The Aegean region's unique terroir, characterized by its diverse soils, maritime influence, and Mediterranean climate, creates an ideal environment for viticulture. These factors contribute to the cultivation of grapes with exceptional flavor profiles, making the Lucien Arkas Vineyard and Cellars an oasis of wine excellence.
The Vines of Lucien Arkas Vineyards
The vineyard spans 230+ Acres (Turkey's largest single vineyard) across prime viticultural land, with vines ranging from 6 to 35 years old. Lucien Arkas grows both international and indigenous varietals, as shown on the 'Grape Map' to the left they have a tremendous variety of grapes. They also have a soil map which allows you to see how they have chosen grape varieties to match with the terrior.
The estate winery focuses on low yields and sustainable practices to obtain the highest quality grapes. They use the 'high trellis' system allowing the vines to grow upward and with good pruning this provides excellent air circulation around the vine resulting in higher quality but lower yields.
The Wines of LA Vineyards
Lucien Arkas crafts an extensive portfolio of wines across different styles and price points. They also were the first or only to produce a number of international varieties in Turkey Tempranillo, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Marselan, Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano) to go alongside the common varieties seen here: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay ve Bornova Misketi which they also grow.
They also produce many levels of wine with various varieties under each here's a quick rundown with my favorites highlighted
MEANDROS: Merlot - Shiraz - Cabernet Sauvignon - Marselan Blend
CONSENSUS: Shiraz - Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot Blend and Chardonnay
MON RÊVE: Öküzgözü / Tempranillo - Shiraz / Viognier / Marselan / Tempranillo / Montepulciano / Chardonnay - Chenin Blanc
LA PASSITO: Bornova Misketi
ANTRE: Kalecik Karası-Sangiovese / Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot / Öküzgözü-Boğazkere / Sauvignon Blanc SMYRNA Merlot / Shiraz-Petit Verdot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Blush / Sauvignon Blanc-Trebbiano İDOL Kalecik Karası-Öküzgözü-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Blend / Kalecik Karası / Ugni Blanc-Chardonnay
LA FIN DU JOUR Petit Verdot - Marselan - Cabernet Sauvignon-Sangiovese Blend
SIGNORE SIGNORI Sangiovese-Marselan-Petit Verdot Blend
BEGONVİL Grenache-Shiraz Blend
PUNTA Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz-Merlot Blend
The winery's portfolio boasts a diverse range of grape varieties, both indigenous and international. Turkish grapes thrive alongside well-known international varietals This harmonious blend of old and new showcases the winery's dedication to both tradition and innovation.
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State-of-the-Art Cellars: Recognized by Paolo Basso in his book 'Sommeliers Heaven -The Greatest Wine Cellars Of The World'
LA Vineyards annual capacity of 1.5 million bottlesAt the heart of the Lucien Arkas Vineyard and Cellars lies a state-of-the-art winemaking facility that combines modern technology with time-honored techniques. The cellars are equipped with advanced equipment for grape processing, fermentation, and aging. This marriage of innovation and tradition allows the winemakers to create wines that capture the essence of the terroir while upholding the highest standards of quality.
Winemaking occurs on-site in a technologically advanced winery designed by French architects. Traditional and modern techniques combine throughout the production process, from gentle pneumatic pressing to barrel and tank aging. The cellar also hosts the largest wooden vats in Turkey's wine industry.
Lucien Arkas Vineyard and Cellars place a strong emphasis on sustainable and environmentally conscious winemaking practices. By adopting organic and biodynamic farming methods, the winery not only ensures the health of its vineyards but also
demonstrates a commitment to preserving the natural balance of the ecosystem. This approach translates into wines that embody the purity and authenticity of the land.
The estate's premium wines are housed in the private cellar La Cave d’Arkas, located underground for ideal aging conditions. This cellar holds 10,000s of bottles, including red blends aged up to 48 months. Lucien Arkas has won numerous accolades for its commitment to quality wine production.
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Wine Tasting Experience:
Visiting Lucien Arkas Vineyard and Cellars offers an enchanting wine tasting experience that allows visitors to connect with the winery's ethos and expertise. Guided by knowledgeable sommeliers, guests have the opportunity to explore a curated selection of wines, each with its unique story to tell. The winery's elegant tasting room provides a serene setting to savor the flavors and aromas of these remarkable wines and enjoy a very nice meail
For visitors, the winery offers guided tours and wine tastings daily. Guests can stroll through the vineyards and production facilities to gain insight into the estate's sustainable practices and winemaking process. In the tasting room, floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the valley while guests sample unique in Turkey, international varietals.
The Lucien Arkas restaurant provides gourmet fare along with sweeping views of the vineyards. Using local ingredients, the menu perfectly complements the estate's wines. The winery also hosts an annual music festival and other special events throughout the year.
With its blend of winemaking innovation and terroir-driven production, Lucien Arkas is shaping the modern Turkish wine renaissance. Its wines express the unique climate and soils of the Aegean region. For visitors interested in exploring this burgeoning wine destination, Lucien Arkas offers a world-class and authentically Turkish wine experience
Contact LA Vineyards & LA Mahzen
Lucien Arkas Bağları (The Vineyard) 📞+90 (232) 853 70 01 📞 +90 (232) 853 95 35 LA Mahzen Restaurant; 🕚12.00-23.00 Open. 📞For Reservations 05302186797
Başmimar Sinan Cad. No: 81
Yazıbaşı, Torbalı / İzmir firstname.lastname@example.org
Located literally 1/2 between Izmir and Ephesus!