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Turkey Wine Tour

Reviving the extinct grape varieties of Turkey -

Thrace and Bozcaada regions

 

9-14 September 2022

You say Istanbul doesn't sound like a wine destination? Think again! How about a wine region just a few hours away from Turkey's 15 million megapolis, so close yet so different than the images of Grand Bazaar, the luxurious restaurants with Bosphorus view and the ever full with traffic bridges from Asia to Europe? 

I'm inviting you on a Turkish Wine Tour dedicated to the revival of the extinct grape varieties of this ancient winemaking country. We'll discover 4 wineries on its' westernmost part - the Thrace wine route and the Bozcaada island. Turkey and Istanbul can be very different from what you expect and its' wineries can overshadow many producers from "classical" wine countries.

 

Day 1: Istanbul in all its' beauty
Day 1: Istanbul in all its' beauty

We'll stay in the historical centre of Istanbul and fill our hearts aromas and flavours of this ancient city

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Our hotel in the historical centre of Istanbul
Our hotel in the historical centre of Istanbul

A good night sleep before we kickstart our tour with early, but always delicious Turkish breakfast

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A summer wine tour must include some sea
A summer wine tour must include some sea

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Day 1: Istanbul in all its' beauty
Day 1: Istanbul in all its' beauty

We'll stay in the historical centre of Istanbul and fill our hearts aromas and flavours of this ancient city

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Tour Overview

During this Turkish wine tour we'll cover the three wine destinations close to Istanbul - Kırklareli for continental wines, Gelibolu at the renowned Dardanelles strait, and Bozcaada - the heaven of Turkish island wines. We'll stay at authentic accommodations with a local character, discover the gastronomical and cultural traditions of the region and, of course, taste wines from 4 different wineries that are united by one goal - spread the word about the native grape varieties of Turkey by reviving them from extinction and making excellent wines.

This is a wine tour but we must leave room for other authentic activities. How about beach yoga, ATV rides, island boat tour, and hitting the local cycling trails?

You choose, how challenging you want it :)

 

Expect lots of cultural background, sceneries,

gastronomy and outstanding wines.

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Day 1

3rd June 2022

Meeting point: let's meet where the continents meet :)

No matter where you come from, all our wine group meets in Istanbul at our hotel for the first night.

 

We'll stay overnight at a spectacular 5-star hotel in Istanbul and discuss all organizational questions regarding the tour during an unforgettable dinner. 

 

 

 

 

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Day 1

September 9, Istanbul, Pera

Meeting point: our hotel in Istanbul

No matter where you come from, all our wine group meets in Istanbul at our hotel for the first night. We'll stay overnight at a spectacular 5-star hotel in Istanbul's historical centre and discuss all organizational questions regarding the tour during a spectacular welcome dinner. 

At this stage, we will already start savouring local wines and learning about the most important Turkish grape varieties.

#istanbul #wineanddine #turkishdinner #meetandgreet

 
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Day 2

 

September 10, we're leaving Istanbul

After having breakfast at our hotel we will depart to Kırklareli to the first winery of this Turkish Wine Tour.

Once we arrive at our first winery we'll meet the winemaker and visit the vineyards and winery to learn more about the grape varieties, the terroir (the unique characteristics of local weather, soil, and people), and the life of a winemaker in Turkey.

 

We'll continue with a wine tasting and lunch - be ready for tasting wines you've never tasted before, hear of grapes you never heard before and eat food you will never ever forget.

At the end of the day, we'll check in to a traditional Thracian countryside hotel and enjoy a rustic dinner onsite.

#kirklareli #winerynumber1 #turkishbreakfast #thracewineroute #farmhotel #rusticdinner

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Day 3

 

 

September 11, morning

We start the day early on with breakfast and take off to our next destination - the spectacular Bozcaada island. Did you know that its' other name is Tenedos?

Halfway through we'll stop for lunch and have a wine & dine experience right in the middle of the day at a winery in Gallipoli (Gelibolu) right next to the Dardanelles Strait.

#wineanddine #winerynumber2 #turkishbreakfast #bozcaada #gallipoli #dardanelles

Day 3

September 11, afternoon

We'll check in to our wine hotel in Bozcaada, a rustic countryside B&B surrounded by vineyards.

There's nothing better to end this day than a winemaker's dinner at the best local restaurant in Bozcaada right next to the Aegean Sea on a moonlit terrace with a tasting of local island wines introduced by the winemaker.

#wineanddine #vineyardhotel #winemakerdinner #bozcaada #islandwines 

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Day 4

 

 

September 12, morning

This tour is for early birds :) As usual, we'll wake up for a countryside breakfast in the garden of our wine hotel. Perhaps, you've never eaten this fresh and this delicious.

 

We'll kickstart the day with learning about local grape varieties at the winery that raised the bar for all local, and Turkish in general, wineries.

Their wines are one of the most award-winning in Turkey.

#winehotel #winerynumber3 #turkishbreakfast #bozcaada #awardwinningwines

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Day 4

September 12, noon

After the winery, you have 3 hours of free time - enjoy the views with a cup of Turkish coffee or tea while playing backgammon (a serious local sport here:), buy souvenirs like local designer made hats or bags, or, well, this is a wine island... you might want to hit the remaining wine bars on Bozcaada and have lunch at a local Aegean restaurant!

 

If you're more into adventures than pictures, rent an ATV, bicycle, or motorbike and off to the wild beaches of the rocky and windy Bozcaada.

#islandadventures #freetime #turkishlunch #bozcaada #sightseeing

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Day 4

 

September 12,  afternoon

At 3 pm we depart to our second wine destination - a boutique winery founded by a foreigner in love with Bozcaada.

After the wine tasting and tour, we will drive to the most picturesque sunset watching place you've ever been to. After we share a bottle of our favourite wine we'll leave for dinner.

Dinner is optional but included - you might want to have some time of your own or join me at a picturesque restaurant filled with local delicacies and, of course, accompanied by local island wines.

#wineanddine #winerynumber4 #dinner #bozcaada #sunsetwatching

Hola

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Day 5

 

September 13

Today is about esthetics and pleasures, a day to reflect on this Turkish wine tour and sum up the impressions.

We start the day with a beach yoga session. It's optional (you might want to stay longer in bed today), but included in the tour.

Half of the day will be dedicated to the picturesque beaches of Bozcaada. A rocky and wild beach, yet suitable for swimming in its' crystal clear water. Our driver will be available should you want to go back to the hotel or the center.

We'll leave for a rustic lunch - local delicacies, farm-grown veggies and fruits, Turkish cheeses, served in the shadow of vines.

The afternoon is free for your own activities or, optionally, you might want to join a shopping tour to local artists' workshops - painters, glassmakers, ceramists and many more.

 

We celebrate the end of this wine tour with a spectacular dinner.

#wineanddine #artiststour #dinner #wildbeach #beachyoga #farmlunch

Hola

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Day 6

September 14, morning

Early wake up for breakfast at our wine hotel and departure to reach Istanbul by ferry.

We will of course stop once halfway for some gastronomical specialties :)

The estimated arrival in Istanbul is around 6 pm.

The drop-off point is at our centrally located 5-star hotel where we stayed the first night of the tour.

#departure #turkishbreakfast #istanbul #ferry

P.S.: We totally understand if you would like to stay a bit longer in Istanbul. Let us know and we will help you with tips on where to eat like a local, what to do and see in Istanbul and arrange a prolonged hotel reservation for you.

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Important Details

Tour Dates: September 9-14, 2022

Cost: 1600 EUR incl VAT

What's included:

  • accommodation, double occupancy: 5 nights

  • wine tastings and 4 winery visits

  • transfer by VIP minibus from our hotel in Istanbul all the way through the tour.

  • all breakfasts

  • lunches on Days: 2, 3 and 5, 6

  • all dinners

  • beach yoga

  • art tour

  • all ferry rides during the tour

What's not included: 

  • wines or any souvenirs that you might want to purchase

  • additional activities that you'll decide to do 

  • consumption at hotels' minibars etc.

Deadline for bookings: August 9, 2022

Advance payment to secure booking: 800 EUR

The remaining amount is to be paid a maximum of one month before the tour start date.

Cancellations: you can cancel for free up to one month before the tour start date. 

Group: max 15 people

For the tour to be confirmed a minimum number of 8 people must book before the deadline.

Hola

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