Believe it or not, Turkey is the fourth largest grower of grapes in the world, although only a small proportion are used to make Turkish Wine!
Out of this small proportion, an even smaller amount make it to become fine wines, with very few of these making it outside of Turkey.
One of the most important producers of Turkish wines are Mey, the recently (2004) privatised state spirits company, first established during the Ottoman empire.
The vineyards that produce these wines are located in the upland region of the Taurus Mountains of Eastern Anatolia, the birthplace of wine over 6 thousand years ago. More precisely, they are located in Elazıg in Eastern Anatolia at altitudes of 850-1100 meters in soils of chalky clay and decomposed granite.
Daniel O’Donnell is the winemaker in charge at Mey, crafting wine in the world's oldest winemaking region, but using methods that are decidedly modern such as cold soaks, whole berry fermentation, extended skin contact, and aging in barriques.