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The world’s fourth leading producer of grapes, Turkey is just beginning to make its mark on the international wine market. Lots of boutique vineyards in the Marmara, Aegean, Black Sea, Central and Eastern Anatolian, and Mediterranean regions produce some delicious red and white varieties. Some of the standouts can be found at Istanbul’s haute cuisine restaurants, which feature wine pairings with only local brands. However, there are also some great wine bars where you can explore the different wines Turkey has to offer. Here are our top selections.
Founded in 2002, Corvus was a dream come true for architect Reşit Soley who established the boutique vineyard in Bozcaada, a beautiful Aegean island. Varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc are grown on the vineyard but, more importantly, local grapes Çavuş, Vasilaki, Kuntra and Karalahana are also protected and grown. At Corvus Wine & Bite, you can taste all the flavorful blends of this boutique vineyard’s grapes; really some of the best wine you can find in Turkey. And, if you’re a bit hungry, the menu – featuring homemade bread, jams and cheeses – goes together perfectly with a glass (or two) of wine.