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Wine Lover's Guide to Cappadocia

Wine Lover's Guide to Cappadocia

Turkey, the world’s fourth largest grape producer, has been making wine for at least 4,000 years, and the best Turkish wines come from Cappadocia in Anatolia, the country’s biggest wine-making region. Here are some of the must-try varietals and tasting experiences in Cappadocia.

Must-Try Varietals

The volcanic ash soil and arid climate of Cappadocia are well-suited for growing several kinds of grapes indigenous to Turkey. About a quarter of the local grape production is Emir, the only grape exclusive to this particular region of Turkey, and which is typically used to make light to medium-bodied still and sparkling wines. Narince wine, another white varietal, is often quite dry due to the high acidity level of the grape. Some of the country’s best red wines are made from the Kalecik Karasi grape, known for its ruby red color, boiled candy nose, and light finish. Fans of round, fruity wines should sample Okuzgozu, a light and easy-to-drink varietal that ages well. Those looking for a complex, challenging red can opt for Bogazkere, which translates to “throat burner,” an appropriate name to describe its full body and dense tannins.

Must-Do Experiences

  • See Cappadocia’s highlights—including UNESCO-listed Goreme Open Air Museum, Fairy Chimneys, and Pigeon Valley—on a full day private tour complete with a wine tasting along the way.

  • Sip on local wine inside traditional wine caves dug into the soft volcanic rock.

  • Hone your palate with a guided wine tasting at a traditional Cappadocia ancient cave winery before watching a romantic sunset over the Red Valley from the village of Kizilcukur.

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Private Cappadocia Food and Culture Tour: Ayvali Village, Turkish Cooking Class and Wine Caves

Private Cappadocia Food and Culture Tour: Ayvali Village, Turkish Cooking Class and Wine Caves

Treat yourself to a taste of typical Turkish cuisine as you learn to prepare classic dishes in a real Cappadocia village home. Mingle with the locals as you enjoy a private 4-hour Turkish cooking class in the village of Ayvali, then tuck into a scrumptious lunch of Anatolian specialties like bulgur soup and 'börek' pastries. That’s not all: accompanied by your local guide, you will shop for ingredients at the local market or orchard; visit a typical Turkish coffee house; and sample regional wines at wine cave.
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size