Tasheli Wines
focusing on the indigenous varieties

Tasheli Wines & Vineyards

Tasheli Wines History

Tasheli Wines Winemaking journey started back in 2005. They found out that there are grapevines older than 50 years in the Çömelek village within the city of Mersin on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. At an altitude of 1100m, on the slopes of Taurus mountains, the vines were untouched by the phylloxera epidemic. In the region there are also ancient ruins dating back to The Cilicians. With grape and chalice ornaments and even ancient grape presses carved into the rocks. All of these suggest winemaking was part of the history of this land going back thousands of years.

Tasheli Şarap-Türk Şarap Üreticileri
Tasheli Wines Collection

Tasheli Vineyards

Tasheli wines team after experimenting with different grape varieties in the beginning, started focusing on the indigenous varieties. Since southern Turkey was not known as a wine region, these local grapes were previously unknown to Wineries in Turkey. Patkara as red , Gök & Ak as white, became the signature grape varieties for them and Tasheli was born in 2010. Now they work with these grapes with passion to bring out their full potential and make their names known by the world of wine.

The indigenous grape varieties in the Çömlek Village-Mersin Province are of great importance to Turkish viticulture. Natural habitats and life conditions of indigenous grape varieties make them different from other varieties and also their production is very different for most factors. Their production takes place with low yields and low sugar content.

Focusing on the indigenous varieties

Patkara is a blue-black coloured grape known for its fast ripening, hence the word : Pat “fast” and Kara “dark”. It can be used as table grapes and raisins as well. This multifunction is quite rare among wine grapes.

Gök , meaning “sky” in Turkish, probably got its name thanks to the method in which local people draping these grapes up in the attics to dry them without any sun exposure. That’s why raisins made from Gök with this method have a signature green color as opposed to most dark raisins. Although this grape has been around for a long time, it’s recently rediscovered for winemaking.

Tasheli Wines-Patkara Local Grapes

Tasheli Wines Contact:

  • Çömelek Mah. Mut / Mersin / TÜRKİYE

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