Lucien Arkas Wines & Vineyards
Lucien Arkas Vineyards and winery is the largest organic vineyard in Turkey on a single lot has been established on a land of 288,62 acres in Torbali, Izmir. High quality, over 20 different wine grape variety, suitable to the soil and climate conditions of Aegean, some of which have never been used before in Turkey, were planted in Lucien Arkas Vineyards. The vines were grown by using organic viticulture methods and the grapes are harvested at night, under the moonlight. Thus, the grapes manage to preserve the original fruit aromas generated by the grape terroirs in a natural way.
Experts reviewed the territorial and climatic characteristics of vineyards and as a result of soil and climate analyzes conducted, saplings supplied from Europe were shipped to Lucien Arkas Vineyards by special air-conditioned trucks. They decided to plant high quality wine making grapes such as Tempranillo, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Marselan, Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano) , Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Bornova Misketi at Lucien Arkas Vineyards. These are the types of grapes which were thought to perfectly match the soil and conditions of Aegean and some of them were never cultivated in Turkey.
At Lucien Arkas Vineyards, vines are wrapped by wire based on a cultivation system called “high trellis’ to ensure that they grow upward. This provides plenty of air circulation and sunlight required for healthy growth of grapes. Also, they prune and cut the vines before harvesting and reduce the amount of bunches of grapes per vines based on “low productivity, high quality” principle. In this way, aromatic character of grapes is strengthened.
Lucien Arkas Wines started to cultivate the grapevines by using organic cultivation methods for the first time in Turkey in order to protect typical fruity character of grapes. They cultivate grapevines without using hormone, synthetic chemical drugs and fertilizers at our Ecocert-registered organic vineyard. In this way they ensure natural protection of typical fruity flavors of grapes that result from the terroir. They also contribute to the re-organization of deteriorating natural balance thanks to the human and environment-friendly organic cultivation methods.
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The grapes are harvested at night chill in order to maintain freshness and sweetness of the grapes that are grown based on organic cultivation methods. In this way, not only the undesired fermentation process is prevented but also they avoid using unnecessary energy to cool the grapes and grape juice and save energy at a high ratio.
LA Wines are making trial productions with small quantities based on the method called microvinification. In this way, they gain experience about the types of grapes in the region and the wines that could be made from these types, identify criteria such as the region and vineyards to get the highest quality grapes, ideal grape maturity and harvest season and decide on vinification (winemaking) methods to keep the ideal balance in wine.they
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