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8 Indigenous Wine Grapes

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8 Turkish Wine Grapes

Turkey is a world leader in the production of grape. Not surprisingly, there are a number of indigenous grape varieties in Turkey. Here is the summary information about the major Turkish grapes that are used to make red wine and white wine.

Turkish Grape Varieties

Turkey has more than 1,500 named grape varieties of which 800 are genetically different. There are around 30 outstanding wine grape varieties among all these types. The indigenous grape varieties below are those that are widely used for wine making.

The most suitable Turkish grape varieties for making wine are Bogazkere and Okuzgozu grown in eastern and southeastern Anatolia. One of the world's best red wines is made from these two types of grapes. Another variety called Emir, which is grown in western Anatolia, is one of the best grapes in the world to produce white wine.

Kara (known as the Papazkarasi in Thrace, Calkarasi in Denizli, Horozkarasi in Kilis, Adakarasi on the island of Avsa in the Marmara Sea and Kalecik Karasi in Ankara) is another renowned grape variety indigenous to Turkey.


White Wine Grapes

Emir: The total production of Emir Grape is around 5,500 tons. The major planting is in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey.

Narince: The total production of Narince Grape is around 6,150 tons. The major planting is in the Eastern Anatolia region of Turkey.

Sultaniye: The total production of Sultaniye Grape is around 14,000 tons. The major planting is in the Aegean region of Turkey.

Bornova Misketi: The total production of Bornova Misketi Grape is around 910 tons. The major planting is in the Aegean region of Turkey.

Red Wine Grapes

Calkarasi: The total production of Calkarasi Grape is around 5,000 tons. The major planting is in the Aegean region of Turkey.

Kalecik Karasi: The total production of Kalecik Karasi Grape is around 6,885 tons. The major plantings are in the Aegean and Central Anatolia regions of Turkey.

Okuzgozu: The total production of Okuzgozu Grape is around 11,830 tons. The major plantings are in the Eastern Anatolia and Aegean regions of Turkey.

Bogazkere: The total production of Bogazkere Grape is around 8,850 tons. The major planting is in the Southeastern Anatolia region of Turkey.


Anatolia, Homeland of Wine

Bogazkere and Okuzgozu Grapes, Anatolia


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