Last month we described how to demystify wine pairing for the Turkish cuisine. Although wine pairing is of course up to personal taste, there are some wines that are better for Turkish food than others. We looked at wines for different typical dishes and why they pair well. However, let´s take it one step further and see which wine regions these wines come from. Here´s a look at 4 wine regions that produce some of the best wines to be paired with Turkish dishes.  


Although Malbec originated in France, Argentina is currently the biggest producer of Malbec in the world. The Argentinian producers have grown Malbec extensively in every wine region of the country and today it can be found all along the Andes mountain area. Mendoza is the main Malbec producer in the country followed by San Juan, Patagonia and La Rioja.

Malbec´s most distinct characteristic is the deep dark red color. The aromas include cherries, strawberries or plums and it tastes warm, soft and sweet. That is exactly why it pairs so well with all the kebab types or the lamb dishes.  When Malbec is aged in oak, it has more coffee, vanilla and chocolate aromas.

Rhône wine zone in France

The Rhône wine region is located in the Rhône valley and has various famous wines. The Rhône is normally distributed into two sub-areas with distinct vinicultural traditions, the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône. The Northern Rhône produces red wines mainly from the Syrah grape, which are sometimes blended with white wine grapes. The Southern Rhône produces a selection of red, white and rosé wines, often blends of several grapes. Especially the big-bodied reds are perfect for grilled meats.

Bordeaux in France

Bordeaux is probably one of the most famous wine regions in the world. You might also just call it the birthplace of wine and many wine regions across the world have invested and tried heavily to reproduce Bordeaux wines. Last month we mentioned that Cabernet Sauvignon reds were perfect as well to go with grilled meats or kebabs and the finest Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Bordeaux region. However, cabernet sauvignon is usually a blend of different wine grapes from other regions as well. The original cabernet sauvignon was blended with the syrah grape, a pairing that is now widely seen in Australia. Another great wine from the Bordeaux region that goes well with the Turkish cuisine is Merlot which full red body also is perfect for grilled meat.

Galicia in Spain

We have mostly looked at strong red wines but as mentioned in last month´s post, crispy dry white wines are perfect for starters in the Turkish cuisine, like for example dips with bread. The perfect dry, crispy white wine for first courses is the Albariño wine from Galicia. The Albariño grape can also be found in Portugal where some great wines can be found as well.

What other wine regions do you think are perfect for Turkish food? Let us know in the comments.

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