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Considering that viticulture is one of the rare cultural heritages of the civilizations that have lived in Anatolia, we decided to launch the Heritage Vines of Turkey initiative as a group of volunteers who have been closely following the viticulture and winemaking potential of the country for many years.

As stakeholders of the Heritage Vines of Turkey initiative, we are aware that the variety of grapes we have is rapidly decreasing due to reasons such as population exchanges, migration from the village to the city, the changing demographic structure of Anatolia, the phloxera pest, the belief that the yields decrease as the vineyards age, the difficulty of maintaining the old vineyards and the economic return lagging behind alternative products.

In order to ensure the survival of the deep-rooted vineyard areas of our country; we aim to draw attention to their existance and help the grapes from these vineyards find the economic value they deserve. This effort becomes even more important today, when wine production and consumption are politically marginalized.

We would like to draw the attention of wine makers, producers and consumers in Turkey to the concentration of the wines made with grapes coming from these old vineyards, the elegance of their texture and the ability of the resulting wines to reflect the characteristics of the soil.

The non-profit Heritage Vines of Turkey initiative aims to reveal, record and increase awareness of old vineyards in Turkey that are on the verge of extinction.


To be included as part of the Heritage Vines of Turkey, we expect a vineyard area to meet the following criteria;

– The vines must be at least 35 years old or over. It is always preferable to declare the first planting date of the vineyard.

– Vineyards are expected to include indigenous varieties. However; varieties planted in Turkey since the middle of the 19th century, such as Cinsault, Gamay, Carignan, Alicante and Semillon, are also considered as part of our viticultural heritage.

– Special attention is paid to the vines that live on their own roots in areas not affected by phylloxera, because the survival of these vines is an indication of their resilience.

– It is also among the objectives to explain to growers who continue to use herbicides and pesticides in the vineyard that better and sustainable viticultural methods are possible, to coordinate efforts in this direction and to support them.

– An effort will be made to create a common understanding to include the phrase ‘Heritage Vines of Turkey’ in the wines produced. For this, at least 75% of the grapes used in wine making must come from these vineyards.