the motherland of vineyards and wine

While the historic vineyards of France or Italy might be better known, it is the Anatolian Peninsula—between the Mediterranean and Black seas—that is the cradle of the craft of winemaking.

DNA profiling and archaeology research show that wine grapes have been domesticated and cultivated continuously in this region for 6,000 years.

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Medals and more:
Turkey’s top producers attract attention

A new generation of wine makers are coming of age in Turkey, and the best of them are producing top-flight vintages, with the quality rising year after year.

Turkish wines first attracted the spotlight in 2010 and 2011, when they won more than 300 medals at international wine competitions, including 150 at the 2011 London International Wine Fair. In 2013, Turkish wines won seven silver medals and one gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards, and in 2012 took 11 silvers and two golds. Turkey’s wines also won three regional trophies in 2012 and another in 2013.

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A warm business climate meets wine culture

Just like healthy vineyards, growing a successful wine business depends on a certain climate, albeit an economic one.

With a population of almost 73 million and a bustling travel industry, Turkey offers a vibrant climate for entrepreneurs. It is the world’s sixteenth largest economy, and its gross domestic product (GDP) has more than doubled over the last 10 years.

The tourism sector in particular has seen significant gains, and the construction of a third airport for Istanbul suggests that will continue to boom. Already, nearly 35 million foreign tourists visit the country annually for the climate, food, culture, and recently, the wine. Wine tourism currently accounts for $300 million of the $23 billion tourism sector, and is certain to grow.

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