There’s more and more talk about the historic cradle of wine – the hub of Georgia, Iran, Armenia and Turkey. Our winemakers are emulating the wine styles and traditions of these ancient winegrowing lands. One thing we are yet to adopt is the indigenous grape varieties.
To help clarify the names of the varieties and guide us through the history and the wines of Turkey, I’ve asked Tan Sumer from Opal Wines to present his portfolio. Tan is a young man on a mission. He’s sourced a swathe of smart wines from the new wave producers – Suvla on the historical Gallipoli Peninsula, Vinkara in Middle-Anatolia and Kayra Wines in cradle of South-East of Anatolia. He’ll bring maps and information about the varieties and the regions – and of course a selection of native Turkish grapes like Öküzgözü, Boğazkere & Narince and many more to taste and learn about. Luke’s Kitchen will prepare some suitably Middle Eastern nibbles.