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clock-o9 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Drink in delicious flavors during a full-day guided wine tour in the historical region of Kirklareli from Istanbul. Taste your favorite wine varietals at three classic wineries as you explore the heart of Thrace and its beautiful foothills beside the Strandja Mountains. At each stop, savor four wines and hear about the production of each grape varietal including merlot, cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel. Refine your palate as you discover each wine's particular qualities and learn about foods that pair well. Plus, spend time relaxing at a winery for lunch and gain more insight into the history of Turkey's incredible wine culture.
  • Full-day wine-tasting tour from Istanbul with lunch
  • Visit three boutique wineries in the Kirklareli wine region, at the heart of ancient Thrace
  • Sample four wines at each stop, including cabernet sauvignon, merlot and zinfandel varieties
  • Learn about the unique flavors and ideal food pairings of each wine
  • Enjoy an included lunch at the Vino Dessera winery, accompanied by unlimited wine
  • Hear about the region's wine-making tradition and its Thracian roots from your guide
Meet your guide at your central hotel in Istanbul and hop aboard an air-conditioned coach for your full-day wine tour in the Kirklareli region. As you voyage to the center of historical Thrace, listen as your guide sets the mood and delves into the wine heritage of this region. Hear about the Thracians who paved the way for wine, cultivating grape vines as early as the 2nd century AD.

Arrive at Poyrali after about two hours and step outside to enjoy a walk around this quiet village. Continue from here to the renown Chamlija Winery set in the Strandja mountains at an elevation of 2,790 feet (850 meters). Gaze over stunning mountain views and enjoy your first wine tastes that include varietals such as pinot noir and reisling.

Afterward, take a short drive through an old Thracian wine corridor that's separated by the Aegean Sea and Kirklareli and discover the quaint winery of Vino Dessera. Sip on delicious varietals here such as its famous Sauvignon Cris, a velvty version of a Sauvignon Blanc. Then, rest for a bit and savor a wholesome lunch that includes all the wine you can drink. For the sample menu check out the Itinerary.

Following your meal and the buzz of wine, voyage to the village of Cesmeli and enter the nearby Chateau Nuzun winery. Learn about the aging of these organic wines in French oak barrels and other production techniques as you capture charming hillside and vineyard views. Then, learn a bit from your expert guide on how to judge wine as you tip back your glass and enjoy signature flavors of zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and merlot. 

Finally, leave your last winery and return to your hotel in Istanbul where your tour ends.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
Main course (choice of one):
  • Barbecued meatballs
  • Tandoori-cooked lamb

Second course:
  • Selection of regional cheeses

Drinks:
  • Unlimited wine

Reviews

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, Feb 2018

This was a long but really enjoyable day. Be warned that the countryside of Thrace does not look particularly inviting on a cold and overcast February day what countryside does?. But we visited 3 excellent and very welcoming wineries and enjoyed generous tasting measures of wines that were always interesting and sometimes excellent. The winemakers were clearly very proud of what they do and this came over in their welcome. The lunch was excellent, as were the generous supplies of cheese and nuts which got us through a lot of tasting. In between our guide Ahmed shared lots of interesting information about what it's like to live in Turkey and we had some enjoyable conversations. If like us, you were only visiting Istanbul on your trip and want to get out of the big city for a day, this is a good choice.

B
, Apr 2015

While our guide was very nice and took great care of us I would not recommend this tour for people who are visiting the country for the first time. If you are spending extended time in Turkey however or are returning it is definitely worth doing. As an American it was delightful to taste varietals that are not often exported if ever to the USA.

R
, Jan 2015

We enjoyed it and there are 3things you should be aware of. 1) if you go during winter months, there is not much of an vineyard to look at, 2) The wine region for this tour have not been around for too long so don't expect vintage type wines. 3) This tour takes you to part of the Thracian wine route

C
, Dec 2014

Enjoyed seeing the countryside outside of Istanbul. Because of the rainy weather we could not visit one Vinyard so the lady came to the lunch place with the wine instead. Only reason why I did not give five stars is that I was the sole person on the tour and as a single traveller would have preferred to have at least one other person to enjoy and discuss the different wines. Tour guide was very gracious and knowledable about the history of turkey. Driver was also very friendly and accommodating.

b
, Oct 2014

A really awesome tour! Something different to do in Istanbul. You get to not only taste the wines but see the vineyards and how the wine is made. Enjoyable for those who know a lot about wine and those who don't. I would highly recommend to anyone!

C
, Sep 2014

This was a new tour for the Operator and we were only the second client to go on the tour but it was amazing. The tour took us to places in Turkey that would have normally been missed by a simple city tour. We met some wonderful people along the way and were welcomed so graciously. The vineyards they linked up with were very good. "Niko" was very knowledgeable and totally committed to giving a phenomenal tour. Fun, Fun day!


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