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Turkey’s Best Boutique Vineyards

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Updated: 21 November 2016
The world’s fourth leading producer of wine, Turkey’s Thracian, Aegean, Black Sea, Mediterranean, and Central-Eastern-Southeastern Anatolian regions produce some of the world’s best wines. Apart from the major brands like Doluca and Kavaklıdere, a lot of very notable boutique vineyards have also made their mark with the bold fruits of successful viticulture as well as the stunning landscapes that surround their vineyards.

Arcadia

Father and daughter Ozcan and Zeynep Arca established Arcadia Vineyards in Lüleburgaz in order to produce natural and unique wines that reflect the mountainous terroir of Northern Thrace. On 35 hectares of vineyard, nine different types of grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Sangiovese, Pinot Gris, Öküzgözü and Narince) are grown with minimal intervention in order to allow the natural processes to flourish. All wines are estate-bottled, meaning that the winery is built right in the center of the vineyard, so that grapes are processed immediately to conserve their aromatic qualities.

Arcadia, Hamitabat Köyü Lüleburgaz, 39750 Kırklareli, Turkey, +90 533 514 1490

Chateau Kalpak

After having lived in America and France for over 21 years, Bülent Kalpaklıoğlu returned to Turkey where he sought out potential vineyard sites to open his own winery. He found the realization of his dream in Şarköy, Tekirdağ, and established Chateau Kalpak in 2006, with varieties imported directly from France. The state-of-the-art, gravity-fed winery (which avoids the harsh conditions of mechanical methods of grape processing) has won several awards, most notably the ‘Best National Producer’ of 2014 award by the Austrian Wine Challenge Vienna – one of the world’s largest officially recognized wine competitions.

Gelibolu Yolu, Şarköy, Tekirdağ, Turkey, +90 532 277 1137

Chateau Kalpak – 2011 Cabernet sauvignon Petit verdot Cabernet Franc Merlot #chateaukalpak #wine #vineyard

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Melen Winery

Located in Hoşköy on the North coast of the Sea of Marmara, Melen Winery has been lovingly operated by the Çetintaş family for three generations and has a history that goes back to the 1920s. Even though methods have been updated with modern equipment and chrome tanks, the stonewalls and roofing of the old winery have been kept to retain the building’s architectural integrity. Another striking historical feature is the Monastery of St. Ioannis that stands within the vineyard where varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Shiraz, Papazkarasi, Öküzgözü, Sémillon, and Gamay are grown.

Sahil Yolu No:6 Hoşköy-Şarköy, Tekirdağ, Turkey, +90 282 538 6005