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Aegean Wine Tour

The Aegean region accounts for 52.7% of all the wine produced in Turkey, with numerous wineries in Izmir, Manisa, Denizli, and Çanakkale. The Izmir district of Urla is also known as a region for wines, with more than 150 hectares devoted to growing grapes and vineyards in Urla alone.

The region boasts numerous types of grapes such as Alicante Bouchet, Boğazkere, Bornova Misketi, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Chardonnay, Çalkarası, Çavuş, Dimrit, Grenache, Kalecik Karası, Karalahna, Kuntra, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvedre, Narince, Öküzgözü, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz (Syrah), Sultaniye, Tempranillo, Vasilaki, and Viognier.

Outstanding vineyards:

URLA Şarapcılık: Kuşçular Köyü, 8028 Sok, No:12, Ukuf Mevkii, Urla. Tel: (0232) 759 0111. Approximately a 30-minute drive from Izmir city center, Urla Şarapçılık is home to some excellent wines, such as their Tempus red wine and their Serendias rose wines. For those wishing to stay the night as they sip the local production, Urla also offers two rooms at their wineries. If you want to sample a great lunch alongside their wines, go to the old port of İskele in Urla. See the list of the restaurants in Urla to find what you like.

URLICE: İçmeler Mah, 1168 Sokak, No 7, Urla ¬Tel: (0533) 466 9268. A 30-minute drive from the center of Izmir, Urlice is a small boutique winery. Its vineyard, featuring a tasting house and wine cellar, are open to visitors on week¬ends, but call before arriving.

SEVILEN: İsabey Winery and Restaurant: Gölcükler Mah, İstasyon Mevkii, 901 Sok. No:38, Menderes, Tel: (0232) 782 4959. Roughly 10 minutes from Izmir International Airport, Adnan Menderes, the beautiful winery of Sevilen features a courtyard/garden under the shade of trees as well as a restaurant to enjoy lunch and dinner together with nice wines (although no beer is sold). Try their 900 Cabernet Sauvignon and 900 Pink Fume.

LA WINES: Kuşçuburun Mah, Yazıbaşı Beldesi 4, Torbalı. Tel: (0212) 318 0077. From Izmir, take the old Aydın Road via Torbali to LA Wines, approximately 45 minutes from Izmir city center. LA stands for Lucien Arkas, who has vastly improved the quality of the premises’ wines since he bought the vineyard from Idol in 2010. Sample their Chardonnay / Chenin Blanc blend Mon Rêve and their Consensus wines.

YEDI BILGELER: Döltenalti Mevkii, Çamlik, Selçuk. Tel: (0232) 894 8257. Yedi Bilgeler is located just 10 minutes from the main lower gate for Ephesus or 500 meters from the Steam Train Museum. A facility with several rooms in a¬ boutique hotel, Yedi Bilgeler offers lunch inside or on their beautiful terrace overlooking the vineyards. Try their Thales and Bias red wines, as well as their rose wine.

YAZGAN: 7093 Sokak No:7 Pınarbaşı – İzmir Tel: (0232) 479 11 35. Further away than the other wineries, Yazgan is situated about 90 minutes from Izmir center.

USCA Şarapçılık: 8033 Sok, No:1; Kuşçular Köyü, Urla. Tel: (0232) 759 0099. USCA is smaller than its competitors in Urla, but it also has nice wines.

MOZAİK Şarapçılık: In Urla.

KAV Şarap Butiği: Talat Paşa Bulvari, No:12A, Alsancak, Izmir. Tel: 0232 463 53 15 Kav sells all kinds of wines, both Turkish and international.

L.A. Wines Shop: 1381 İtalya Sok, No:22/B, Necip Bey Apartmanı, Alsancak. Tel: (0232) 502 28 88

KAVAKLIDERE Winery: Güzelhisar Mah. Çankırı Bulvarı No:80 06750 Akyurt/Ankara Tel: 90 312 847 5073 One of Turkey's leading wine producers.. Founded in 1929, their vineyards are located in Ankara¬’s Akyurt district, Gülşehir in Cappadocia and along the Aegean. Try their Egeo (red and white), as well as their Lal rose.

Other Aegean Wineries: Corvus, Foca Tasköy, Foca Karasi, Akberg Wines, Yucel Wines, Talay, Camlibag, Selendi, Pasaeli, Prodom, Likya

In General: Wines in Turkey:

Turkish wines are improving day by day. There are seven regions of Turkey that produce wine:

Around Diyarbakır: This region accounts for 3.4% of all wine produced in Turkey, using the Boğazkere grape variety.

Around Tokat and Malatya. This region accounts for 14.7% of all the wine produced in Turkey with the Boğazkere, Narince, and Öküzgözü grape varieties.

Around Ankara and Uşak. This region accounts for 3.3% of all the wine produced in Turkey with Boğazkere, Kalecik Karası, Öküzgözü, and Shiraz (Syrah) grapes.

Around Nevşehir. This region accounts for 12.1% of all the wine produced in Turkey made using Chardonnay, Dimrit, Emir, Kalecik Karası, Malbec, Narince, Öküzgözü, Sauvignon Blanc, and Tempranillo grapes.

Around Elmalı. Accounting for 0.2% of all the wine produced in Turkey, the Elmalı region makes use of Boğazkere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Kalecik Karası, Malbec, Merlot, Öküzgözü, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Shiraz (Syrah) grapes.

Around Izmir, Manisa, Denizli, Çanakkale. This region accounts for 52.7% of all the wine produced in Turkey with Alicante Bouchet, Boğazkere, Bornova Misketi, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Chardonnay, Çalkarası, Çavuş, Dimrit, Grenache, Kalecik Karası, Karalahna, Kuntra, Malbec,Merlot, Mourvedre, Narince, Öküzgözü, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz (Syrah), Sultaniye, Tempranillo, Vasilaki, and Viognier grapes.

Around Edirne, Tekirdağ, Adapazarı. Producing 13.6% of Turkey’s wines, the region uses Adakarası, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cinsault, Gamay, Kalecik Karası, Merlot, Papazkarası, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Shiraz (Syrah), and Viognier grapes.


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