The Best Wines To Drink In 2020-Best Turkish Wines

What are the best Turkish Wines To Drink In 2022?

Best Turkish Wines

Do you want to know what the best Turkish wine to buy is? To help you narrow it down, we’ve listed the most popular types of wines so you can find something for everyone, as well as a few of our personal favorites. There are many wines to choose from, and it’s hard to know which one will be the best. Here there is a selection of the best wines to drink In 2022. All are rewarded by best wine experts You can find all kinds of wines in Turkey, but with a little help you can find the best wine for your taste and budget. There is a little recognizable international wine challenge which held in different countries on 2021 & 2022 and Wine experts has picked the best quality wines of the wineries. These wines are purely Turkish, carefully crafted by  hardworking farmers that specialize in this beautiful cultural tradition. ⁣

And while it’s too soon to tell what will be considered ‘the best Turkish wines’ for 2022, one thing is Turkey has an incredibly long wine-making tradition that dates back centuries, with roots in both Europe and the Orient. With such a rich heritage, you might expect to find wines that were both traditional and innovative. And indeed there are, but there is also a great variety of styles within the country. 

Top 40 Best Turkish Wines

Turkish Wines will be thriving in 2022, if you’re still not convinced. The country’s 40-year import ban on alcohol doesn’t mean that  Turkey’s Popular Wines are bound to go anywhere. It means their production has started to flourish in this continent. Here we decided to mention the best wines by their gained Gold medals. So lets check the best Turkish wines to drink in 2022! (List order alphabetical)

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Complete List Of Best Turkish Wines

Argos Bağcılık, Nahita Dokya Chardonnay Cappadocia 2020 *IWSC

It is produced in the very nearby facilities of Kavaklıdere, from the grapes of Argos Vineyards with volcanic soil at an altitude of 950 meters, belonging to the D.ream group of Doğuş Holding. Restricted filtration, 14 degrees alcohol. Gold medalist from Mundus Vini.

Greenish light yellow. Apple, pear, lemon and tropical fruit bouquets are prominent on the nose and palate. It is full bodied, oily and full, and its acidity is lively. In the phrase used for Chablis wines, it leaves mineral traces in the finale, “with steely vitality”. It should be tried with shellfish, oily fish and poultry, and it should be served in the range of 10-12 degrees in 2-3 years.

Büyülübağ CABERNET SAUVIGNON WILD FERMENTED *Berliner Wein Trophy

It is fermented with natural yeasts from grape skins from the grapes of the producer’s selection vineyards on the island. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, 13.5 degrees alcohol.

In dark burgundy tones with purple highlights. On the nose and palate, tarry, springy and earthy tones are followed by green pepper, clove and black mulberry bouquets. Bodily, dense, tannins somewhat raw and yet pointed. It has a lively acidity. It has a fleshy texture in the mouth, a little more angular than the previous harvests. It should definitely be transferred to a carafe and sipped within 5-6 years, and it should accompany lamb and beef meats.

Büyülübağ ADAKARASI *Berliner Wein Trophy

Chateau Murou Merlot - 24th Japan Wine Challenge 2021

Chateau Murou Merlot Red Wine has plum, vanilla, cherry and blackberry notes prominent on the nose and palate, a balanced, full bodied, soft, dry wine. It is also a wine with aging potential.

Caeli Ament 2016 *MUNDUS VINI

From the grapes of the producer’s vineyards, aged in oak barrels for 18 months and bottled without filtering. 14.5 degrees alcohol. In burgundy color, tile highlights also appeared. On the nose and palate, bouquets of dried fruit and sweet spices are in the foreground, and tones from oak are also distinct. A red with bodied, mature and soft tannins, low in energy and giving the impression of being older than its harvest. It should be served with rested steaks, sipped in 2-3 years.

Doluca KAV BOĞAZKERE ÖKZÜGÖZÜ 2018 *TWC *MUNDUS VINI

Doluca Kav Boğazkere Öküzgözü is an immaculate blend of robust, tannic Bogazkere grapes from Southeastern Anatolia with Öküzgözü grapes from Eastern Anatolia that have a unique aroma and a crisp, fruity character. Kav is aged for 12 months in 225 lt. French oak barrels and is kept in bottles for two more years in order to attention its characteristic full-bodied, rich bouqet and unique taste. Kav Bogazkere-Öküzgözü has full-bodied, well balanced and fruity structure.

Doluca Karma Merlot - Boğazkere 2016 *MUNDUS VINI

Doluca Karma Merlot – Boğazkere Red Wine has velvety flavor and fruity character, adds richness and smoothness from its Merlot grape variety. On the other hand, the strong, full-bodied and tannic Boğazkere variety, reflecting the specific soil and climate conditions of The Diyarbakir Region through its spicy character, delivers its unique aromatic qualities in Karma Merlot-Boğazkere. After 12 months of aging in French and American oak barrels, the wine is remarkable with its rich, full-body, smooth and fruity nature.

Doluca Sarafin Shiraz 2018 *MUNDUS VINI

Doluca Sarafin Shiraz emphasizes the utmost characteristics of its varietal, reowned for its tannic, powerful, fruity and long-finish wines. The wine is aged for 12 months in both French and American oak barrels. This wine has a round and easy-to-drink structure as a result of long maceration. Sarafin Shiraz has powerful, balanced, fruity, round and easy-to-drink characteristics.

Doluca SARAFIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2019 - Challenge International du Vin 2022

Doluca Sarafin Chardonnay 2018 - Challenge International du Vin 2022

Doluca Sarafin Chardonnay White Wine has a process  in the Doluca winery, following a gentle pressing process the juice and sediment of the Chardonnay grapes, known as “the queen of the whites” , are put into small French oak barrels to ferment together in a method known as “sur lie”. Then, the malolactic fermentation process generally used for red wines is applied to lend the resulting wine its “buttery” character, a velvety smoothness. After 12 months aging in 225 lt. French oak barrels the flavours and structure of the wine is maintained by applying limited filtration before estate bottling. Sarafin Chardonnay has a rich bouquet and complex, lasting flavour on the palate.

Doluca Kizilcaterzi Merlot 2017 *MUNDUS VINI, Challenge International du Vin 2022

Doluca Kızılcaterazi Merlot is aged during 12 months inside 225 liter barrels made of 87 % French and 13 % American oaks. About 5,5 tons per hectare is harvested  from Kızılcaterzi vineyard during the vine harvest in the first week of September. Merlot, which was cultivated using the most modern micro viniculture methods, was transformed into wine as a result of long fermentation periods inside small barrels once 12 days of maceration was completed.

To add a stronger and full bodied taste to Merlot grape which is known with its velvety wines, we have added 18 % of Shiraz grapes to Kızılcaterzi Merlot’s 2012 harvest, enabling you to discover deeper presence of taste on your palate. Kızılcaterzi Merlot which is a fruity, strong, rounded and esay to drink wine, invokes the notes of raspberry, red-current and roasted hazelnuts.

Doluca Tugra Bogazkere, 2017 *IWC

Doluca Tuğra Boğazkere wine has smooth and round tannins also its pleasent floral characters. Tugra Bogazkere grapes –cultivated with modern vineyard management methodology and a low yield program- were harvested in early September at our own vineyards in Denizli. The grapes have been macerated and fermented nearly 11 days, then have been aged for 7 months with the sediments, and following filtration for another 9 months in 80% French and 20% American oak, totally 16 months. Tugra Bogazkere has powerful, long and fruity character.

Doluca Alçitepe 2018 *vinalies-internationales, Challenge International du Vin 2022

Doluca Alçıtepe ‘Kirte’ Cabernet Sauvignon has long flavour, due to its ripe tannins, fruity flavours with its rich and complex aroma character. You can explore its depth of flavour and strong structure of its ripe tannins, in a perfectly balanced way. This wine is made of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes which are cultivated according to micro-viticulturel princible on Kirte area located at the north hiilside of our Alçitepe vineyard. After about 14 days of maceration process, it had been aged in French oak barrels for 9 months.

Doluca SIGNIUM CAB. SAUV.-PETIT VERDOT-BOGAZKERE 2018 - Challenge International du Vin 2022

Erdel Hanchalar Red Oküzgözü, Syrah *Berliner Wein Trophy

The Hanchalar brand is named after an ancient town in Turkey’s Aegean Region, located in the southern district of Denizli province. Erdel Winery, one of the village’s native families, makes high-quality wines for their labels Hanchalar and Vinis by growing local and international grapes in the best circumstances possible in their vineyards. Hanchalar küzgözü-Syrah, a wine made using the chateau winery method, has won multiple international awards.

Kavaklidere Prestige Bogazkere 2018 *IWSC

Kavaklıdere Prestige Boğazkere Red Wine is made from boğazkere which is a prestigious grape variety of Anatolia, known for its strong tannins, deep structure and good aging potential. In 1995, Kavaklıdere was the first producer to represent it as a premium varietal wine (in the Prestige brand), with respect to its stylish characters. The grapes grown in Diyarbakır vineyard, were harvested early in the morning by hand, gently processed and then matured in 225 L used French oak barrels for 9 months, has a potential to develop in the bottle due to its complex aromatic character, high level of tannins and full body.

Kavaklidere 1929 2017  *MUNDUS VINI

Kavaklıdere 1929 – Cabernet Franc Red Wine is aged from grapes that were grown in Denizli were harvested in small quantities in 2013, and each harvest package was then processed separately. Without damaging the grapes, without using a pump, the juice from the vines was directed into the tanks using the gravity method.

Kavaklıdere Pendore Öküzgözü 2017 *MUNDUS VINI

Kavaklıdere Pendore Öküzgözü Red Wine is produced from Öküzgözü grapes grown 350 m above the sea level where the soil is composed of clay, limestone and gravels. Pendore vineyard is located near the town Kemaliye in the Aegean Region. The name Pendore comes from the Latin “pence horyos”, which means “five villages”, where the Lydians anciently lived. The vineyard is located in a special micro-climate where continental and Mediterranean climates meet. Grown with low yield (50 hl/ ha) and harvested early in the morning by hand at optimum maturity, the grapes are recived with gravity system (transfer of grapes by gravity, without any pumping equipment, thus causing no bruises and processed gently).

Pendore Öküzgözü 2016 is a terroir wine which has charming black forest fruit aromas and spicy notes, pronounced acidity and a full body with its ripe tannins which are matured in 225 and 500 liters French oak barrels for 9 months. This premium wine is produced in limited quantity with numerated bottles. It is recommended to be served at 17-18 ºC and perfectly matches with grilled red meat, game, stewed meat and hard cheeses.

Kavaklıdere Egeo Syrah 2018 *MUNDUS VINI

Kavaklıdere Egeo – Syrah Red Wine produced from Syrah (Shiraz) grapes grown in Aegean region, is a full bodied and complex wine, with a potential to be aged further. This wine having a good integration of oak with its strong ripe tannins and pronounced acidity because its matured in French oak barrels for 8 months.

Kavaklıdere Selection Öküzgözü - Bogazkere 2018 *MUNDUS VINI

Kavaklıdere Selection Öküzgözü – Boğazkere Red Wine is first produced in honor of the 60th anniversary of Kavaklıdere Wines in 1987. It combines the richness and the elegance of Öküzgözü with the full-body of Boğazkere. Since then Selection brand has been considered as the rising value of Anatolian wine production. An attentive vinification method is applied to Öküzgözü and Boğazkere grapes selected carefully from the best vineyards of Elazığ and Diyarbakır, to reveal the characters of the grapes.Selection Öküzgözü-Boğazkere, matured in French oak barrels for 9 months, is a full bodied and complex red wine with strong and ripe tannins and a good potential to age further.

Kutman Pomegranate Wine 2019 Fruit Wine *LWC

Kutman Nar – Pomegranate Fruit Wine is made by the fermentation of the juice that is squeezed from fully matured sour Hijaz pomegranates from Köyceğiz orchards.

Pamukkale Nodus Shiraz 2018 *MUNDUS VINI

Made from low-yielding grapes from the 750-meter-altitude vineyards of Ortaçeşme village in the Güney district, rested in new French oak barrels. A production of 11 barrels, 14 degrees alcohol. Burgundy color. The jam has red fruit, earth, tobacco and almond-associated bouquets, and leaves a spicy trail at the end. Body, strong but flexible tannin, flowing and long on the palate. It should be sipped in a carafe within 5-6 years and accompanied by rested steaks.

Pamukkale Nodus Cabernet Franc Merlot 2018 *Vinalies Internationales *MUNDUS VINI

Pamukkale Nodus Cabernet Franc Merlot red wine ages for about a year before developing its distinctive aroma and being bottled. Gourmets should expect an excellent wine with a deep ruby red color. The aroma of pomegranate and plum is extremely strong. The wine has a flavor profile that includes red and black fruits, green pepper, and toasted aromas. The Pamukkale Cabernet Franc / Merlot blend is made up of roughly 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot. The wine’s gritty texture comes from twelve months of maturing in French oak barrels under sustainable conditions.

Paşaeli Öküzgözü, Cabernet Franc 2020 *TWC

Paşaeli Kaynaklar 2012 - Jancis Robinson, 17++ Points

Paşaeli Kaynaklar 2012 Red Wine is Bordeaux red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot grapes. Organic farming procedures are applied for growing. The grapes are handpicked, destemmed and crushed. The wine is fermented with native yeast only. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tank with a skin contact of 3 weeks with pumping overs. Aged 24 months in 50% new and 50% 1-year old French oak barrels of 225 liters, and bottle aged for 1 year. It has a deep dark cherry red color. The nose has rich aroma of sweet, ripe blackberry and plum, with dark chocolate notes. On the palate it is firm, dense with chewy sweet tannins filled with pure fruit. The fruit shines through the oak influence. A big, full-bodied, balanced wine with a long finish.

Paşaeli Hoşköy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - Jancis Robinson, 16.5 Points

Paşaeli Hoşköy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Red Wine is made with grapes grown in Paşaeli’s Hoşköy – Tekirdağ vineyards on the European part of Turkey. It lies at 150 metres elevation. Fermented with native yeast only, it is barrel aged for 24 months in French oak barrels of 225 liters, and bottle aged for at least 18 months before release. Dark color. Black forest berries, currant, ripe plum tones dominate the nose. The palate has a very long finish with strong, velvety tannins, mature rich black fruit flavors, strong body and barrel flavors.

Paşaeli Sıdalan 2019 - Jancis Robinson, 16.5 points

Paşaeli Sıdalan 2019 White Wine is produced from Sıdalan grapes which is an indigenous variety native to north Kaz Dağları in north Aegean, close to the site of ancient Troy. Sıdalan is picked from a single vineyard at an elevation of 300 meters. The grapes were pressed with whole clusters. Made 100% in stainless-steel tanks, then aged on lees for 3 months. Pale and gently herbal and chalky/dusty on the nose, rather Chablis-like, with a slight woody note (not oaky). On the palate there is a little more obvious fruit, melon and pear, and the freshness is enhanced by the leesy texture and the slight friction that gives. Subtle and textured. Long even though it does not have a particularly intense flavor. (Julia Harding)

Prodom Reserve Syrah 2017 - MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting 2022

Sevilen Isabey Bornova Misketi - MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting 2022

Shiluh Manastır Boğazkere 2017 -24th Japan Wine Challenge

Shiluh Manastır Boğazkere Red Wine is a made from indigenous grapes grown in monastery vineyards and Syriac villages. Shiluh Manastır carries floral and flamboyant black fruit aromas and sweet vanilla tones. It is quite dark Bordeaux colour. It is full and strong on the palate, but with integrated tannins and fresh acidity. The acid balances the sweet black fruits on the middle palate, keeping the wine alive and well. A long, fruit-laden, lively, enjoyable finish. It can be aged up to 8-10 years under suitable conditions.

Syriac Wine has been produced as the sacred drink of Christian culture in Turabdin for many years during the region’s 6500-year history. Assyrian Wine is produced using contemporary techniques in the Shiluh production plant in Midyat-Mardin, while following to the Assyrian Wine Production Method.

Suvla Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel aged 2019 -Suvla *MUNDUS VINI

Suvla is named after a bay in the North coast of the Aegean Sea on the historical Gallipoli Peninsula. This varietal is produced exclusively from Cabernt Sauvignon variety grown on the family vineyard Bozokbağ. The wine is partially aged for 12 months in different types of oak barrels. Suvla Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is a red dry wine with deep intense aromas of black cherry and black currant mixed with black pepper, violet and tobacco. It is a full bodied wine with structure and length. Balancing well the powerful fruit and spicy flavours, it has soft silky tannins with a long, glorious finish. The wine is suitable for bottle aging. Decanting is suggested for enhancing aromas.

Suvla Reserve Syrah 2016 -Suvla *MUNDUS VINI

This reserve wine is produced exclusively from organic plots of Syrah variety grown on the single parcel of family vineyard, Bozokbağ. The wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels. It is opulent and fine-grained with a dark fruit core. Aromas of violet, blueberry and red cherry are followed by tobacco and coffee on the palate. The wine has a velvety tannic structure and has a long finish with lingering notes of spices in the end. Suitable for bottle aging. Decanting is suggested for enhancing the aromas.

Suvla Kirte, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 2018 *Berliner Wein Trophy *MUNDUS VINI

Black cherry and green pepper aromas are followed by flavors of cherry, menthol, pickled jalapeo, oregano, and lavender. Tannins outweigh acidity slightly. Although all of the puzzle pieces are visible on the palate, they do not fit together perfectly.

Suvla Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 *Berliner Wein Trophy *MUNDUS VINI

The wine is crafted exclusively from Cabernet Sauvignon variety grown on the best parcels of organic family vineyard Bozokbag at Kabatepe region of Gallipoli Historical Peninsula. The grapes were harvested at the perfect stage of ripeness and aged for 15 months in oak barrels. The color is dense and very thick gamet red. It has a rich and complex bouquet dominated by fruity notes of red prune, ripe sour cherry and black forest fruits split with coffee and tobacco. It wraps around the palate by a velvety and flesh body. It is supple, dynamic and has a long aftertaste, enhancing various fragrances to reach the luscious finish exhibiting violet, blackberry and smoky notes. Suitable for bottle aging. Decanting is suggested for enhancing the aromas.

Suvla Sur 2019 - MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting 2022

Suvla Malbec 2020 - MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting 2022

Suvla Merlot Barrel Aged 2020 - MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting 2022

Suvla Reserve Petit Verdot-Karasakız 2018 *Berliner Wein Trophy

This reserve wine of Suvla is crafted exclusively from Petit Verdot and indigenous variety grown on the vineyards of the Gallipoli Peninsula. After the diligent vinification process, the wine is aged for 14 months in oak barrels. With dense and very thick gamet red color, it wraps around the palate with rich bouquet that primarily shows of dried prune and blackberry notes, with hints of sandalwood, blackpepper and tobacco. It has a powerful and balanced structure with dynamic tannins leading to a long round finish of chocolate and nutty notes. This special blend of Petit Verdot and Karasakız provides a unique experience with its potential to age.

Tomurcukbağ Trajan Rezerv 2016 *TWC

Tomurcukbağ Trajan Rezerv Kalecik Karası 2016 Red Wine is produced from 100% indigenous Kalecik Karası grape variety with wild yeast in the skin. The fruit comes from a single vineyard at an altitude of 699 meters in Kalecik near Ankara. Light crimson with petal-pink highlights. Showcasing aromas of cherry and strawberry marmalade, followed by rose scents on its perfumed front nose, the wine also contains notes of cinnamon and cloves. Fluent and concentrated on the palate. While the earthy notes accompanying its pure fruitiness increase its layering, it draws attention with its lively acidity, soft tannins and long finish.

Urla Nero d'Avola & Urla Karasi  *Berliner Wein Trophy *Decanter

Powerful and expressive on the nose displaying tiers of black fruit like mulberry and damson plum leading the way to sweet spices and an undercurrent of leather. Its energetic and rounded structure is wonderfully poised with floral scents and a touch of licorice on the long, exuberant finish.

Urla Suss  *Berliner Wein Trophy

A special reserve of 1,500 bottles created by Urla Winery in honor of its 10th anniversary. 52 percent Urla Karası – 48 percent Mourvedre blend. It is aged in French oak barrels and bottled with limited filtration. 15 degrees alcoholic, gold medalist from the Berlin Wine Competition.

It also has deep burgundy colored, navy blue highlights. Nose and palate are still closed, ripe red fruit and sweet spice tones are felt. Body, tight-textured, fleshy density. Its iron tannins are ripe but do not yet give way to wine. It is a red that needs to be rested for at least 4-5 more years and has not yet developed a buff. A tin wine with aging potential.

Urla Tempus Producer *Berliner Wein Trophy

Expressive with layers of blackberry, dark chocolate and spice along with graphite elements. The intense palate shows tar and tobacco leaf notes driving through its long, precise finish. Accessible now due to its inviting fruit and suitable for cellaring as well.

Vinkara Grand Reserve Boğazkere 2016 *TWC

Vinkara Mahzen Boğazkere Reserve Red Wine was aged for 30 months in château-style 225 liter French Burgundy barrels and then further aged in our wine caves after bottling. It has an intense ruby color with garnet reflections as well as rich tannins with balanced & soft sensations. Besides smoked, toasted almond and red fruit aromas, the wine is rich in licorice and leather aromas, has an excellent long finish of chocolate and black cherry flavors, and elegantly pairs with rich, flavorful foods. Seasonal pattern characterized by spring and summer temperatures slightly above average. Also the rainfall was higher than normal with the month of September characterized by a high temperature range between night and day.

Vinkara Mahzen Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 *TWC

Made from the grapes of the Vinkara’s vineyards in Kalecik, aged in French oak barrels for 20 months. 14.5 degrees alcohol. Dark burgundy colored tiles have also started to appear. After the vibrant red fruity bouquets, rose scents can be felt as they air. A bodied, flexible tannin, fresh acidity and rounded wine. Long lasting on the palate, mature yet energetic. It should be sipped in 3-5 years, accompanying rested steaks and rustic stews. It must be transferred to a carafe before drinking.

Ideal wines are all about balance!

It can be difficult to choose the best wine for yourself or a dinner party—just look at all those bottles lining the shelves! Red, white, sparkling… it’s easy to reach for the same bottle over and over again, but variety is essential when entertaining. Hope our list for the best Turkish wines helps you to find something favorable for you.