Turkey, one of the few countries in the world to be self-sustainable in food production and the grower of over 600 grape varieties, is proving to be an emerging leader in producing good quality wines. It is no wonder that wine bars specializing in Turkish wines are sprouting up over Istanbul.
A wonderful place to sample and buy Turkish wine (şerap, as it’s known in Turkish) is the Sensus Wine Bar, tucked away on a cobbled street almost on the doorstep of the Galata Tower.
Here you can purchase or sample Turkish wines from around the country along with other produce such as cheeses and olives. I recommend taking some friends and staying a while in the cellarlike atmosphere and ordering a sample plate that comes with wines and delicious mezes.