Wine Tasting in Cappadocia
By Viator, December 2014
Perhaps it’s the climate, which suits wine-growing well, that makes for such great wine, or maybe it’s the way they age the wine in caves dug into the soft volcanic rock. Whatever it is, wine and Cappadocia go hand in hand. The development of a wine culture is said to be due to the long history of Christian and Jewish settlements of the area, despite this being a largely Muslim country.
The best grapes grown here are the white Narince and Emir and the red Bogazkere, Öküzgözü and Kalecik Karası. These Turkish wines are winning awards and continue to attract more and more world-wide attention.
Some of the leading wineries are Kavaklidere and Kocabag.
Kavaklidere is Turkey’s largest wine-producer and began in 1929. It makes 51 different varieties and exports all over the world. You can visit their wineries by ‘vintage tour.’
At Kocabag, a boutique winery which produces 700,000 bottles of wine per year, you’ll see huge holes dug into the volcanic rock filled with wine – as this is where it ages. In line with tradition the rock holes are not lined with anything to let the wine breathe in a natural setting.
Kav Sarap Butigi winery offers tastings and well-priced cellar door sales. Nearby is a vineyard planted with all the indigenous grape varieties so those new to Turkish wines may learn about the grapes and vineyards.
Turasan Winery is the oldest in Cappadocia and is now run by a third generation of the same family recently winning gold medals in Turkey and silver medals at world competitions. It has a carved rock cellar and wine tastings.
We suggest you find your favorite Cappadocian wine, buy a bottle and head out into the city’s spectacular landscape to watch the sunset – glorious.
Tours & Tickets
Location: Cappadocia, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours