The wine miracle on both sides of the Bosporus has to be true if experts, such as the former Sommelier World Champion and Master of Wine Markus Del Monego, the only German female Master of Wine, Caro Maurer, and last year’s Sommelier World Champion Paolo Basso, present the youngest generation of the Turkish wines. The wines from Europe and Asia Minor won more than 1.000 medals at international competitions over the last years. “Wines of Turkey“ takes the chance at ProWein 2014 in Düsseldorf to make the wines, often produced from indigenous grape varieties like Emir, Narince, Kalecik Karasi, Öküzgözü or Boğazkere, more famous.
Eleven companies participate at the booth of “Wines of Turkey“ in Hall 6 (B 61) from March 23 to March 25: Büyülübag, Diren, Doluca, Kavaklidere, Kocabag, Kayra, LA Wines, Mozaik, Pamukkale, Vinkara and Yazgan. Additionally there will be the two wineries belonging to Kavaklidere: Pendore und Cotes d‘Avanos. Three commented tastings on the first two days of the fair offer the possibility to make completely new vinological experiences. The dates: Sunday, March 23, 2.00 pm (Markus Del Monego), Monday, March 24, 11.00 am (Paolo Basso) and Monday, March 24, 4.00 pm (Caro Maurer). Additionally there will be an opening event at the booth of “Wines of Turkey” on Sunday, March 23, at 6.00 pm – with Turkish music, tasty dishes and an introduction of the iconic wines of each of the eleven wineries presented by the winemakers. Registrations for the evening have to be sent to: email@example.com
Turkey has a viticultural history of several thousand years and its vineyards stretch over more than 500.000 hectares of land, which is the fifth biggest area in the world. Still only three percent of the grapes are being used for the production of wine. The majority of the grapes serves as table grapes and for the production of raisins and juice. Only four percent of the 75 million liters of wine go to the export markets. Yet in recent years there has been quite a number of interesting wines among them. Many Turkish businessmen have invested in new and old wineries since the beginning of the new millennium, whereas the history of the two biggest producers Doluca and Kavaklidere goes back to the 1920s.
Doluca, which was founded in 1926 by the Geisenheim graduate Nihat Kutman has been in the hands of the family for three generations, produces 47 different wines and exports them to 23 countries. The overall capacity of the winery is 14 million liters. The bestsellers are brand wines like Villa Doluca and DLC. Cenap And, who founded Kavaklidere in 1929 in Ankara, studied enology in Geisenheim as well. Kavaklidere has always focused on viticulture in Anatolia, where the company owns 635 hectares of vineyards in different regions today. For years the bestseller has been the brand wine Yakut. To ProWein 2014 Kavaklidere comes together with its subsidiaries Cotes d‘Avanos and Pendore. The vineyards of Cotes d‘Avanos, which were planted in 1993, are situated in the unique landscape of Cappadocia, the ones of Pendore are located at the Aegaen Sea. This is where Chardonnay and the indigenous red variety Öküzgözü grow extremely well. The Cotes d‘Avanos specialty is the white indigenous variety Narince.
Büyülübag was founded in 2004 by Alp Toruner. Remarkable blends from Turkish and international varieties like Syrah and Cabernet stem from the holiday island of Avşa in the Marmara Sea. The best ones of the wines age in French oak barrels. The tradition of Diren Wines goes back to the year 1958. Today quality wines from Anatolia are mainly produced out of the quite unknown region of Tokat and won many national and international awards. Bestsellers are Mahlep and Collection Narince.
Amongst the big and innovative wineries in Turkey there is Kayra with its American consultant winemaker Daniel O’Donnell. The grapes mainly grow in Anatolia, some of them in Thrakia with the focus on indigenous varieties. Famous brands are Kayra Versus, Imperial, Vintage, Buzbag Reserv or Terra Anatolia. The winery Kocabag, which is located in the heart of Anatolia in Uchisar, has existed since 1972. The family owned company has ten hectares of vineyards standing on chalky tufa soils, on which mainly indigenous varieties are cultivated and processed according to the gravitation principle. Bestseller: Kaya Kapadokia.
In a completely different dimension ranges the winery LA Wines, owned by the French Lucien Arkas: 473 hectares of vines were planted in Torbali in the Izmir region. The cultivation and processing of the wine strictly follow organic methods. The focus lies on international grapes like Tempranillo, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Marselan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. In Urla, also in the Izmir region, there is the winery Mozaik, which was built in 2006 under the supervision of a renowned Italian agronomist on an area of 15 hectares. There are only red varieties: Tannat, Ekigaïna, Syrah, Rebo, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Corinto, Marselan or Montepulciano. A real rarity: a rosé wine made of Sangiovese.
Pamukkale winery started its production in 1962 in Güney in the Denizli region, changed to bottle filling in 1967 and today owns one of the most modern cellars in Turkey with a capacity of 50.000 hectoliters. In the vineyard work is done traditionally to preserve and express the unique terroir of the region in the wines. The tradition of Vinkara also goes back to the 1960s when the group bought land in the region of Kalecik in Ankara. Today Vinkara is working on an area of 65 hectares and has a production capacity of more than one million liters. The winery became famous through the first Turkish sparkling wine which was traditionally made as a Blanc de Noir and from the variety Kalecik Karasi. The Yazgan winery in Izmir has been working on the improvement of the wines made of international and indigenous varieties for three generations now. With an overall capacity of six million liters, Yazgan has arranged partnerships with several grape producers to be able to guarantee the best quality possible also in terms of indigenous varieties. The most famous brand of Yazgan is Vodina.
Further information about the new generation of Turkish wines and their appearance on ProWein 2014 in Düsseldorf: www.winesofturkey.org
Note to Editors:
Award Winning Turkish Wines:
Turkish wines have gained a reputation of excellence in the past years, achieving an outstanding entrance-to-medal rate of nearly 78% in the most respected international wine challenges (Decanter, IWC and IWSC).
Between 2011 and 2013 Turkish Wines won more than 1,000 medals (including double gold & regional trophies) in prominent competitions throughout the world, becoming the most successful years for Turkish wines so far. You may obtain 2011, 2012 and 2013 medal lists from the website.
Wines of Turkey:
Wines of Turkey (WOT) is an umbrella organization which represents the Turkish wine sector and is the result of a strategic partnership between Turkey's leading wineries. Its aim is to develop the wine market and culture of Turkey and to increase exports by making Wines of Turkey a generic brand associated with quality wine.
Istanbul Exporters Associations (Administrator Institution):
Wines of Turkey participates to Prowein 2014 via administration of Istanbul Exporters’ Associations.
Istanbul Exporters’ Associations (IEA) operates under Ministry of Economic Affairs. There are seven associations under IEA’s roof, operating in seven different sectors. One of these associations is Istanbul Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters’ Association.
The activities of Istanbul Exporters’ Associations are; to implement the regulations of export procedure and other duties designed by Ministry of Economic Affairs and to assist and drive exporters to reach new markets.
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