Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Turkey to Host Wine Opinion Leaders From Around the World

When leading experts from around the world gather in Izmir, November 9-11, for the EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference, Turkey’s role as the birthplace of wine grapes and viniculture will take center stage. In addition to guest speakers, workshops, seminars, tastings and discussions about the skills and technology needed by wine communicators in the 21st century, the conference will feature pre- and post-tours to many of the country’s leading wine destinations and tourism attractions.

The conference is hosted by Wines of Turkey, which represents the Turkish wine industry and will have 25 wineries join forces to highlight the diversity and quality of local and regional wines. Wines of Turkey is committed to increasing exports, promoting the nation’s wine culture, and establishing the Wines of Turkey brand internationally.

A highlight of the conference will be the “Grand Terroir Experience,” presenting wines from throughout the eastern Mediterranean region, including those from lesser-known countries and wine producing regions. British wine journalists Tim Atkin and Charles Metcalfe will host this event.

Pre- and post-tours will enable conference participants to explore the regions in Turkey where wines are produced, meet the producers, and enjoy local vintages and cuisines. In addition to Izmir, some of Turkey’s most important tourism destinations are included, notably the famous ruins of Ephesus; the magical landscapes of Cappadocia, one of Turkey’s best known wine regions; Goreme National Park, with its spectacular volcanic formations and the rock dwellings of the Zelve Valley; and the incomparable cosmopolitan excitement of Istanbul.

Turkey’s wine history dates back at least 8,000 years and by the Hellenistic Period, from roughly 300 BC to 30BC, Izmir already had earned an international reputation for the quality of its wines. Today, visitors to Turkey will discover a wide variety of wines produced throughout Anatolia, along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, and in the Marmara region.

For more information about the wine regions of Turkey or the EWBC Digital Wine Communications Conference, please visit and EWBC website or contact the Turkish Culture and Tourist Offices: 212-687-2194 (New York), 202-612-6800 (Washington DC), or 323-937-8066 (Los Angeles), and visit or

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