Turkish Wines Feature On Global Stage At Texsom Sommelier Conference

Leading Tastemakers Convene to Sample World’s Best Wines

Las Colinas, TX— Turkey’s top wineries will join the influential TEXSOM Sommelier Conference, which opened today at the Four Seasons in Las Colinas, Texas. The event features the world’s most prominent vineyards, tastemakers, and sponsors.

TEXSOM was established in 2005 by leading sommeliers James Tidwell MS CWE and Drew Hendricks MS and has since become renowned as the premiere professional beverage education event in the United States.

“Globally, appreciation for the quality and taste of Turkish wines is growing fast,” said Seyit Karagözoğlu, Paşaeli firm Chairman. “And with eleven wineries from Turkey’s seven distinct wine-making regions being featured this prestigious event, we have a remarkable variety on display.”

The Turkish vineyards participating are: Büyülübağ, Doluca, Kastro Tireli, Kavaklıdere, Kayra, Kocabağ, Paşaeli, Sevilen, Urla, Vinero and Vinkara.

Turkey has more than 1,200 named grape varieties of which more than 600 are genetically different. There are dozens of outstanding wine grape varieties among all these types.

The first traces of viticulture and winemaking in Turkey date back 7,000 years. Wine had an indispensable role in the social lives of the oldest civilizations of Anatolia. Provisions protecting viticulture in ancient local law, and the custom of celebrating each vintage with a holiday, meant that wine was important to both early economies and cultural practices.

Turkish wines won an impressive 75 awards in the “Decanter 2018 World Wine Awards,” including 3 Gold, 24 Silver, 34 Bronze. 14 wines were commended.