"As the legitimate cradle of wine culture, Turkey is justly positioned to be the next ‘break out’ country for wine lovers seeking a new region that offers both the familiar (classic vinifera varieties) and the exotic...”
Turkey is a dynamic – market economy strategically located between Europe and Asia, bordering the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Seas.
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Climate: Temperate; hot, dry summers with mild winters.
Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents, Europe and Asia.
Turkey’s wine growing regions are situated at the same latitude as Napa Valley.
Turkey ranks 6th in the world in total grape production and has the 4th largest vineyard area in the world after Spain, France and Italy.
Turkey is one of the top ten tourist destinations with Istanbul being the top visited cities in the world according to TripAdvisor.
Turkey’s annual wine production is around 8 million cases. 75% of the total number of all plant species found in Europe grow in Turkey.
Turkey has more than 800 genetically different indigenous varietals.
Between 2011 and 2013 Turkish wines won more than 1,000 medals in prominent competitions throughout the world.
HISTORY OF TURKISH WINE
Wine historians and ampelographers believe that the southeast part of Turkey was the origin of grape domestication, dating back to 9,000 BC. Turkey’s wine history is a reflection of the political and social climate of each period.