It is well known today that wine production was born in Eastern Anatolia. Viticulture in this region dates back nearly 6.000 years. The first historical record of winemaking in the region is found in the Nippur tablets, among the world’s oldest written documents, which date back to 3.800 B.C.
Hugh Johnson, one of the world’s leading wine authors, writes in his Wine Encyclopedia: “If the vineyards Noah planted on the slopes of Mount Ararat are indeed the first vineyards, then Turkey can rightly claim to be the birthplace of wine. Hittite finds from the 4th millennium BC provide sound evidence that wine was enjoyed at the highest levels of Anatolian society.”
Anatolia is very near the birthplace of viticulture and the art of wine making, and one of the nearest cradles of its development. Both the archaeological and genetic evidence is that out of the many different wild grape varieties for cultivation by man was perhaps Vitis silvestris, which naturally occurs in the south Caucasus Mountains, as well as in flat regions and low hills between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
The wine regions of Anatolia present uniqueness and diversity through its geography, size and the climate variation. There are three main wine regions where different international and indeginous grapes are grown. Discover the wine regions of Anatolia which present uniqueness and diversity through its geography.