Poised on the border between Europe and Asia and arguably part of the cradle of civilization, Turkey boasts a rich and ancient history … and a key role in the early history of wine. Then called Anatolia, Turkey was home to cultivated vineyards and a commercial wine industry as far back as 6,000 years ago. Producers are in areas of the Marmara, Aegean Coast, Northeast (Narince, Tokat), Southeast (Okuzgozu, Bogazkere), Gallipoli (Bordeaux). Kavaklıdere Winery, the first private sector wine producer in Turkey, founded by Cenap And in 1929 in Ankara, has steadily developed to become Turkey’s leading wine producer. The Kavaklıdere company owns 617.5 hectares of vineyards in the most important wine-producing area of Anatolia, where professional wine growers strives to maintain the perfect grapes-soil-climate equation and increase the potential of the vines that produce the grapes that have been successful in the production of Anatolian wines for hundreds of years and to introduce wines from international grape varieties grown in Anatolia’s varied micro-climates to achieve their best potential when they are transformed in to wine.