Anatolian Wines

Besides being a bridge that connects Europe to Asia, Anatolia, the cradle of civilization is the homeland of viticulture, which dates back thousands of years as attested to by archaeological findings.Evidence includes the discovery of a Hittite period gold wine glass and jug dating to 3,000 BC in Alacahöyük, Çorum as well as the uncovering of jugs used to serve alcohol dating back to 1750 BC in Kültepe, Kayseri. A Neo-Hittite Ivriz rock-relief monument located in Konya-Ereğlisi, in south-central Anatolia, which depicts the late 8th century BC Tabalian King Warpalawas worshipping the storm god Tarhunzas who is holding bunches of grapes in one hand and ears of wheat in the other is further proof of wine’s deep roots in the region...

The people who migrated from the Anatolian ancient city of Phocaea (presently called Foça) in the 6th century BC to what is today the South of France were Phoenician merchant seaman who transported wine from the Anatolian coastline on ships to the opposite shores of the Aegean Sea.

Cappadocia is located right in the center of Anatolia, and is the homeland of grapes and wine. This one-of-a-kind geographical site was created with volcanic tuff that was literally embroidered with thousands of years of wind, snow and rain.The region’s extraordinary terroir is a result of the harsh climate, centuries-old alluvial deposits from the Kızılırmak River combined with the lava from the volcanıc mountains. From yesterday to today, the fertile soils of the region are unequalled and recognized for producing quality wines.

If you are a wine lover and and find your way to Cappadocia, the enchanting geographical center of Anatolia, a trip to the Üzümlü (Grape) Churches in Zelve Valley and Ortahisar must definitely be included on your itinerary.Moreover, as you travel through the wine country and vineyards in Gülşehir and Yavaş, you will better appreciate and recognize the wine region’s importance in antiquity as well as present day.