Evidence suggests that the first domestication of the grapevine occurred in the near-East. Seeds of domesticated grapes have been found in Turkey and Georgia dated from approximately 8000 years ago and the earliest known wine dates from 6000BC in Georgia.
This interesting and rare Turkish wine selection from, mostly, native single varietal vines come from our friends at Pasaeli wines (pronounced ‘Pasha elli’).
Wine importer Seyit Karagözoglu founded Pasaeli in January 2000, and after much research planted two vineyards. It is the indigenous varieties of Anatolia and Thrace that Pasaeli aims to promote and protect from the march of internationalisation, as though the Turkish wine industry has expanded greatly in recent years it has usually been off the back of international varieties rather than the native grapes. Over the last seventeen years, Seyit has acquired small vineyards in different parts of Turkey and played a big role in the revival of these lost varieties, earning international acclaim in the process. Most of these are near the ancient city of Troy and in the European part of Turkey, Thrace, west of Istanbul.