The historic Gallipoli peninsula is noted for its stunning and natural beauty, and Gali wines are named after Gallipoli. The Gali estate vineyard, founded by Hakan and Nilgun Kavur, covers 104 acres, and is planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Featuring World War I shelters, the Gali estate vineyard is a must-see if you want to experience a part of history. Also near the area is Lysimachia, an ancient city built by Lysimachus, successor to Alexander the Great. It is said that King Lysimachus wanted to honor his brave friend Alexander the Great (who hunted lions with bare hands), so he ordered that coins be minted with Alexander’s face on one side – henceforth known as the Lysimachus coin. This was the first coin in history with a human face impressed on it, and in reference to its history, Gali wines are printed with the lion coin symbol on their bottle labels.
Gali wines are produced using the “gravitaire” method. The winery itself is constructed using local rocks and stones, which are well suited to regulate the temperature and humidity. The grapes are all hand-picked, and then undergo a cold-maceration. After fermentation the wines are aged in French oak barrels, which imparts a distinct, rich taste to their wine. Hakan Kavur is the winemaker.
By adhering to high standards while maintaining a traditional touch, Gali Winery produces excellent, distinctive red wines that are competitive in a global market.