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  • Writer's pictureChris Vannoy

My first taste of Turkish wine

Updated: Jul 19, 2022

It was March, a typical winter day here in Antalya, when you're never quite sure what you're going to get for weather - sunny and 70F/ 23C or windy and rainy. I decided to try one of the local wines available at the market, which store I can't remember, back then there was Migros, Real, even Tesco's Turkish version. I remember the name - difficult for the foreign speaker - Büyülübağ - with all the accents and Turkish vowels. I remember, like most people I chose my wine based on price, 'let's get this one' I said. Grabbing something cheap which was at the time about 5,000,000 Turkish lira- yes that's right 5 million lira for a bottle of wine! The equivalent of about 5 dollars.

The price was unfortunately more memorable than the wine. I remember a few distinct things from drinking that and other Turkish wines 20+ years ago - most Turkish wines weren't distinct, and many weren't even good, especially buying them from random markets and from the lowest (read cheapest) shelves. But I do recall Büyülübağ being distinct enough that I purchased the bottle a few more times, at least enough that when Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled around I took bottles of their red wine (Merlot? Cabernet Sauvignon? Shiraz? Who knows?) with me to a few dinners, and everyone said the same thing "that's a decent red wine for Turkey!"

Such was the time in 2001, with Turkish wines. Few producers, restrictive laws, and a primary consumer being tourists. But thankfully those tourists and the few Turkish wine aficianados kept the industry moving ahead. And today we have much to be glad for.

This site is my attempt to help promote Turkish wine to foreign tourists and help you find yet another of the many excellent things produced in this verdant land, - Turkish Wine.


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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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