Spittoon.biz Bookmark This page
A set of six photographs from a visit at the Sevilen Winery, just outside Izmir in Turkey; a prime grape-growing region, Mediterranean climate an’ all.

“In 1942 after having discovered vineyards and winemaking in France, Mr Isa Guner, a first-generation immigrant from Bulgaria, founded his own winery in Izmir, Turkey. Understanding that there was outstanding natural potentiality in Turkey for wine production. Nowadays, the property comprises 160 hectares of vineyard and a first class restaurant, and is managed by the third generation of the Guner family.”

Tank Samples, Sevilen Winery, Turkey

Sevilen Winery: Recommended Wines

The estate produces a whole gamut of wines – from a distinctively packaged, slightly sweet pink (in a heavy weight, unique bottle), labelled simply as ‘R’, aimed at a ‘specific market segment’ through to some serious, complex, red wines made from either international or local varieties.

In the UK the Sevilen Sauvignon Blanc 2011 [Adegga / Snooth] is readily available in M&S. It’s a punchy little wonder, more mineral and lime juice than gooseberry fruited, or cut grass and asparagus. Hints of herbs and a refreshing bite add to its interest.

The Sevilen range, however, is more extensive than just this single white so it is a shame they do not have more exposure. The 900 range, all made from ‘international’ grape varieties (Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and so on) are worth trying but it was the Plato range that really impressed. Of course these are the estates ‘icon’ wines (with prices to match) and mix the international with the local.

The Sevilen Plato Syrah/Okuzgozu [Adegga / Snooth] 2010 has plenty of potential for aging (there is a little Petit Verdot in the blend too) and a great robust character too coupled with a ripe spice and chocolate edge. The fruity, floral edge to the Sevilen Plato Kalecik Karasi 2011 [Adegga / Snooth] impressed in a Pinot Noir style.

The ‘cellar’ range is more immediately approachable with a Bogazkere-Okuzgozu being particularly noteworthy. Match with something meaty on a skewer for something traditionally Turkish. Finally the Sevilen Centum Syrah 2010 [Adegga / Snooth] was a superb wine. Plenty to get the palate excited with spice, pepper and plum-rich fruit.

Photo Gallery: Sevilen Winery, Turkey

Black and white photos? For a change… the light especially in the wine store seemed perfect for conversion to black and white, although I’ve allowed myself the whimsy of keeping a little destaturated red on the fire hose. And you can’t visit a winery without marvelling over their stainless steel…, especially in black and white.

Leave a Comment »


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Recent Posts


Visiting a Port House: Ramos Pinto

Just behind the lower end of the cable car ride in Vila Nova de Gaia stands a proud, mustard coloured building. This is the lodge forRead More


The Vista Lounge Citrus Garden at the Trafalgar

A London pop-up bar, right in the very centre of town, with one of the most superb views across the skyline. Welcome to the Vista LoungeRead More


Stainless Steel Tanks at Chateau La Dominique Bordeaux

For this weeks Sunday Wine Shot more stainless steel tanks! Hoop-d-dah. This rather grainy shot was taken in the cellars of Chateau La Dominique in Bordeaux.Read More


Quinta do Portal Douro Portugal

On the flight home from Oporto, while waiting with increasing excitement the imminent arrival of the in-flight sandwich, I flicked through the TAP magazine. I hadRead More


The Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards 2014 Shortlist

I might have let out an embarrassing yelp on the train up to London yesterday. To fill the journey I was scanning through my twitter feedRead More


Cité des civilisations du vin

By the time the next Fete du Vin rolls round the grand wine project in Bordeaux should be completed. As we hurtled passed – as IRead More


© 2004-2014 Spittoon.biz All Rights Reserved