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.