Thrace Winery Tour
Wine has been produced in Turkey since around 6500BC, and today, Turkey is home to an estimated 1200 varieties of grapes. Since the early 2000’s Turkey has seen a number of boutique wineries spring up and growers have collaborated to develop the industry. The Thrace Wine Region, divided into 4 sub-regions has long been a major centre of viticulture in Turkey. It is also an area rich in natural beauty and history. Escape to the countryside with this delightful day trip from Istanbul, visiting 3 vineyards in 2 of the sub-regions that form part of the famous Thrace Wine Route.
You will be picked up from your Istanbul hotel at approximately 8.00am and your Thrace Winery Tour gets underway. As you relax in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, the urban bustle will give way to beautiful scenery as we start to explore part of the ancient Thrace wine route.
Our first stop will be a visit to the family-owned Chamlija Vineyards, located in the small, charming village of Poyrali. Grape types at Chamlija include: Reisling; Viogner; Papazkarası; Alvarinho; Pinot Noir; Petit Verdot; Cabernet Franc; Narince; Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
After sampling the wine at Chamlija, we will drive to the small boutique winery and cellar at Vino Dessera Vineyards. Operated by the Dönmez family, Vino Dessera is located between the Luleburgaz and Strandja mountains. Due to the terrain here, the wines produced have intense aromas. Varieties include: Sauvignon Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Öküzgözü, Barbera, Sangiovese, Narince, Muscat, Shiraz, and Cabernet Franc.
Finally, we will stop at the Chateau Nuzun Vineyards and Winery located in the Tekirdag region’s small village of Cesmeli. Here, ancient Thracian viticulture traditions are kept alive, with operation on a theory of minimalist intervention. The result is some very special wines. Most noteworthy, Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Pinot Noir; Syrah; Zinfandel and Öküzgözü.
We then drive back to Istanbul where you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 7pm, concluding your Thrace Winery Tour.
- Pick up & drop off from/to your Istanbul hotel
- Transport in an air-conditioned, comfortable, late model vehicle
- English speaking tour leader
- Wine Tasting
- 1 Lunch with unlimited wine
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