Wines of Young Turks

5 talented Turkish wineries comprise Wines of Young Turks, created by Taner Öğütoğlu & imported to the UK by specialist Central & Eastern European importers Pacta Connect. Superb local & international varieties made with minimal intervention; price points to suit both sommelier & wine merchant. The revolutionary philosophy of the legendary party, Young Turks, flamed the foundations of the modern democratic Turkish republic; similarly, these five wineries have united in a common cause, torch-bearing their quality fine wines to the UK. The five wineries of WYT, Chamlija, Gülor, Kastro Tireli, Paşaeli and Selendi, are small independents each with a story, who produce high end fine wines worthy of gracing the top tables of the UK.'' Pacta Connect, the specialist Central and Eastern European wine importers, who will be bringing in the Wines of Young Turks portfolio, have already started introducing successfully two of the labels - Chamlija and Pasaeli - to the UK. Trevor Long of Pacta Connect stated, "Wines of Young Turks" have really increased the bar for Turkish wine and we're expecting a massively positive reaction from the trade at SITT 2015 to these great wines.'' The wines of Young Turks scooped numerous medals and awards in both the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2015 and International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2015 including the first gold medal ever awarded to a Turkish wine by the IWC.


Chamlija is a ''terroir'' focused winery. We produce our wines in Strandja Terroir. The Strandja Massif is located in the NW part of Turkey. The massif is bounded by the Thrace basin to the south, the Istanbul Zone to the east and the Black Sea to the north. It is roughly a NW-SE trending mountain belt, ca. 200 km long and 90 km wide.

Our vineyards’ climate is influenced by three surrounding seas (Black Sea, Marmara Sea and Agean Sea). However, the Strandja Massif defines the differences among them. Annual rainfall: 600-800 mm. No irrigation except in Akcakoy vineyard.

We have four subregions within our Terroir:

Istranca Plateau: Akoren and İslambeyli vineyards. Altitude: 400 meters. The humid climate of the Black Sea clashes with Thrace’s more continental regime in this area. Mean average annual temperature: 12 degrees. Mean August temperature: 21.2 degrees.

Prevailing wind: NE, 4-5 metres/second during the hottest part of the day.
Poyrali Canyon Creek Climate: Parpara, Duzdag, and Kartaltepe vineyards .Altitude: 300 meters. . Continental climate. Mean average annual temperature: 11.5 degrees.Mean August temperature: 20.7 degrees. Prevailing wind: NE, 4-5 metres/second during the hottest part of the day.

Poyrali, Sogucak, and Tozaklı vineyards: Continental Thracian climate. Altitude: 250 meters. Mean average annual temperature: 12.1 degrees. Mean August temperature: 21.5 degrees. Prevailing wind: NE, 5-6 metres/second during the hottest part of the day.

Sutluce, Kuçukkariştiran, and Akçakoy vineyards: Continental Thracian Climate. Altitude: 150 meters. Mean average annual temperature: 12.5 degrees. Mean August temperature: 22.2 degrees.Prevailing wind: NE, 5-6 metres/second during the hottest part of the day.




From Homer’s Iliad to the pages of Forbes magazine, the indigenous wines of Turkey, a land identified by molecular archeologists as the birthplace of wild vitis vinifera, are once again making history. Modern wine culture emerged in Turkey when Gulor Winery, and the boutique wineries who followed its lead, picked up where the Turkish government left off after introducing French grape varieties to Thrace in the 1950s. Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varieties were planted at Gulor when the winery founded in 1993 by Turkish businesswoman and philanthropist Güler Sabancı and the winery is credited with Turkey’s first commercial production of Bordeaux-style wines.

In addition to her role as chairperson of Sabancı Holding, the second-biggest industrial and financial conglomerate of Turkey, Sabancı, makes wine, collects contemporary art and directs both a namesake university and an international museum. Her belief that Turkey, while still in a developmental phase in terms of growth and restructuring as a country, has made a giant leap forward over the last decade is an observation that applies to the evolution of Turkey’s wine industry as well.

Gulor’s modern winery and estate vineyards are located in Tekirdag on the north shore of the Marmara Sea in the region of Thrace. The winery is sited just outside the town of Sarkoy which for centuries was the historical center of Turkish wine production. The estate is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc in addition to Italian varieties including Sangiovese and Montepulciano. Gulor also owns vineyards in Anatolia and contracts with producers there for indigenous varieties like Okuzgozu in Hankendi, a town in the province of Elazıg in the northwest corner of the Euphrates River valley, and Bogazkere from Ergani on the right bank of the Tigris River in Diyarbakir Province.

The winery produces approximately (150000) bottles of wine annually across five tiers of wine; four of which - Gold, Rouge, Silver and Sayeste - are currently being exported to the United States, Canada and some European countries.




The Kastro Tireli vineyards are located in Akhisar’s Pınarcık village, 200-280 meters above sea level and approximately 100 km inland from the coastline, which provides a desirable microclimate for vineyards. With its rows of rolling hills, red and dark yellow rocky soil and the slightly tended plains, this place is an exciting backdrop; ideal for producing high quality wines. The estate takes its name from Akhisar’s ancient Greek name ‘Aspro Kastro’, meaning ‘White Castle’ and the area it is situated in, the ‘Tireli Ranch’. Thus, the name ‘Kastro Tireli’; literally meaning the ‘Tireli Castle’. Today, Kastro Tireli vineyards cover an area of 23 hectares.

Winters are generally cold and most of the rainfall is received in this season. Summers are warm, with the continuous northerly winds providing a perfect relief during the harvest, balancing the grape ripening and phenolic maturity.

With uncompromising view on quality, the yield per hectare is limited to 4-5 tons through green harvesting and deficit irrigation. The principles of organic viticulture have been adapted since the very beginning.

Located on a hill with a bird’s eye view of the Akhisar plain, the winery sits right in the middle of the Kastro Tireli vineyards, and produces wines solely from the grapes of the estate. The processing capacity with stainless steel and French Oak vats is 55 tons of grapes annually. The winery’s design integrates nature and winemaking, with a gravity flow process and naturally cooled floors.

During harvest, hand-harvested grapes are destemmed, sorted and gently crushed. Then, they are placed into the custom-made stainless steel containers without the use of a pump; instead are poured into tanks over the staircase, with the help of a forklift.

Each block is fermented in stainless steel tanks and wooden vats separately. The wines are aged for 12 to 18 months in 225 LT French Barrels that are selected according to the variety; the block and whether they are free run or pressed wine. Malolactic fermentation is completed in the barrels.




Paşaeli is a family owned estate that was founded by Seyit Karagözoğlu in 2000. Recognizing the potential of Kaynaklar (near Izmir) as an area of exceptional viticultural promise, and with the help of an Italian based friend and consultant Andrea Paoletti he took on the challenge. After careful site studies and mapping, the appropriate rootstocks and varieties (with appropriate clones) were chosen and a vineyard was planted in March of 2002. Serez vineyard is located 20 km from İzmir. Its warm Aegean climate is balanced with cool night airs that are chanelled from near by Nif Mountain. It is a site that is perfectly suited to big Bordeaux style wines. The wines reflect the terroir that is Kaynaklar, the warm Aegean climate delivering rich, mature fruit with ripe rounded tannins. Paşaeli wines emphasize fruit intensity, and balance. Lush and enticing upon release, they will age well for a number of years and will continue to develop complexity with cellaring.

Seyit Karagözoğlu also believes strongly in the potential of indigenous varieties of Turkey. So for the next challenge Hoşköy (near Tekirdağ) was selected, as its potential for the production of wines of noteworthy quality was well known for many years. And various indigenous varieties have existed there for centuries. After many site studies an exceptional site was purchased. Plantation started in 2003 and continued in 2004 and 2005. This terroir delivers delicious wines that are balanced, and complex but also elegant. They too will age well for many years.

Our goal is to “grow” our wines in the vineyards by producing fruit of the highest quality. Every effort is made to increase flavor and quality of the fruit through continuous monitoring, and careful viticultural management.




Selendi Wines was established in 2000 by Mr. Akin Ongor in Akhisar, Aegean Region of Turkey. He retired from his position as the CEO of Garanti Bank, he purchased a former tobacco field to turn it into a vineyard and a boutique winery. The 1.5 hectares vineyard was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah. As the hobby turned into a business, Ongor family purchased more land in 2005. The second vineyard was established in, Sarnic village, 800m high from the sea level at mountain ranges. The 19 hectares land has four separate plots planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Chardonnay, Viognier and Narince. The Sarnic vineyard has organic viticulture license.

Selendi Wines follows chateau style production guidelines. At harvest time, the grapes are hand-picked before sunrise, and transported in 13kg small baskets air-conditioned winery. Handselection of unripe and overripe grapes on conveyor belt takes place before and ader grape bunches pass through the de-stemmer. Every varietal is fermented at stainless-steel tanks separately. They, then, rest in medium-toasted French oak barrels for 20 months. The wines are bottled at the premises. Each vintage of Selendi red blend has a different contemporary painting by a Turkishartist on its label


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