CHATEAU KALECIK VINEYARDS, a joint venture of Isıklar Holding A.S.(www.isiklar.com.tr) Chairman Mr. Rıza Kutlu Isik and Bordeaux winemaker, Mr. Louis Negre the first and only Turkish/French wine partnership in Turkey, is located on 50 hectares in Kalecik Ankara which is home to indigenous Anatolian grape and one of the oldest wine grape in history, Kalecik Karasi.
Our wines are made and estate bottled Chateau style under the technical consultancy of French winemaker Jean Vincent Ridon only from grapes grown in our vineyard; thus, the quality of the wine is under constant control. We employ Guyot Double pruning technique which is also used in Bordeaux region and aim a high quality wine by reducing the crop and increasing quality. Also by planting 5000 vines per hectare, we help the vines to compete with each for food and water and and thus a higher quality wine.
Jean-Vincent Ridon examing the grapes in our vineyard
25,000 Kalecik Karasi vines were planted in 5 hectares in 1998 and 25,000 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Carignan and Tannat vines were planted in 5 hectares in 1999 for different blends. Additionally, 10,000 Kalecik Karasi vines were planted in 2 hectares in 2004.
The blend of 2002 and 2003 Chateau Kalecik wines are made by Franck Thomas, the best sommelier in Europe in 2000 and by Giovanna Rapali, the best sommelier in France in 2001. Our stocks for our limited year 2002 and 2003 productions have been depleted. Our 2004 and there after productions are made by French winemaker Jean-Vincent Ridon processed Kalecik Karasi grapes as a monosepage from 100% Kalecik Karasi grapes to preserve the delicate floral and red fruit aromas also our Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes were processed as a blend and the other French grapes as a Blend of Syrah, Carignan and Tannat grapes.
Franck Thomas and Giovanna Rapali tasting the wine in our winery
Our bottled productions in different years are kept to rest and our non-bottled productions has been aged in our French Seguine Moreau oak barrels in our underground cellar. Chateau Kalecik Kalecik Karasi which is produced from grapes of our vineyard and estate bottled at limited quantitiy and in chateau style, also has Kalecik Karasi grapes characteristic authentic aroma, full body and bouquet.
France Oak Barrels Undergrand Cellar
We use first quality natural Portuguese corks and Nomacorc corks, Bordeaux and Bourgogne style bottles and labels designed in France.
Also a first in Turkey, in the art gallery located in our winery, we exhibit the lithographies of contemporary Turkish artists like Mevlut Akyıldız, Avni Arbaş, Mustafa Ata, Cihat Burak, Adnan Çoker, Gürkan Coşkun, Burhan Doğançay, Selma Gürbüz, Ergin İnan, Gülsün Karamustafa, Oya Zaim Katoğlu, Metin Talayman, Yavuz Tanyeli, Ömer Uluç, Şenol Yorozlu for people who come for a winery tour or purchase wine.
The ancient marble lion statue from Seljuk period exhibited in front of our winery has become the symbol of our wines.