It is these indigenous varieties of Anatolia and Thrace that Paşaeli protects from the march of internationalisation..
Who is Seyit Karagözoğlu...?
He started his career in 1993 as an importer, later producing for himself under the label Paşaeli in the early 2000's. After much research he found two ideal vineyard sites in Kaynaklar-Izmir and Hoşköy-Tekirdag, with the first vines planted in 2002.
The former is deemed to be suited to Bordeaux varieties, the latter to native grapes, which have existed in the region for centuries.
It is these indigenous varieties of Anatolia and Thrace that Paşaeli protects from the march of internationalisation.
Though the Turkish wine industry has expanded greatly in recent years, it has usually been off the back of international varieties rather than the native grapes that were being consigned to the past.
Over the last seventeen years, Seyit has acquired new little vineyards in different parts of Turkey and played a big role in the revival of these lost varieties, earning international acclaim in the process.
We love him for that, thanks Seyit!
His Yapıncak vineyard for example is at Şarköy, Tekirdağ, which is about 20km away from their Hoşköy vineyard, both overlooking the Sea of Marmara.
Just recently Seyit bought the vineyard at Gedik in Çanakkale, where he's been buying Karasakız for many years. It's about 70km from the site of ancient Troy, with free-standing bush vines 500m above sea level and over 30-years-old.
Karagözoğlu sees the future of Turkish wine and truly sees the potential as there is a rapidly growing number of people taking notice.
Repost photo from 📷 @pasaeliwines