Cappadocia Vineyard Route
Wine-Hopping between Magical Fairy Chimneys
With its rooted winemaking tradition, Cappadocia has made a name for itself with its white wine produced with local Emir grapes, which have undoubtedly become the star of these lands. The area owes its famous vineyards to its soil that is blended with natural volcanic tuff. The soil plays a significant role in the growth cycle of the grapevine. Therefore, Anatolian grapes such as Öküzgözü, Kalecik Karası, Boğazkere, Narince, Emir, and European grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc yield such a rich, full taste.
Besides the high altitude on volcanic soils of Cappadocia, the volcanic rock structure, which is not very hard and can be carved and used as a wine cellar for wines. The wineries in Cappadocia produce high-quality wines and are open to visitors year-round. After all, Cappadocia is beautiful in all four seasons! Its dizzying landforms, gentle nature, valleys, churches, hiking trails that combine nature and history, and boutique hotels carved into the soft rocks await you.
The fairy chimneys’ unique beauty, the historical houses of Ürgüp, the caves, and Cappadocia's unique and well-established culture are only a couple of the many reasons to visit the region.
An unforgettable Cappadocia experience awaits you - combine local wine and an extraordinary sunset over the stunning Red Valley, dotted with fairy chimneys. The town of Avanos is famous for producing earthenware pottery which has been produced in the Avanos area for centuries. Some of the techniques used to this day date back to 2000 BC and specifically to Hittite times. Locals take clay from the nearby Kızılırmak River (Red River) and turn it into perfectly formed pottery and ceramic pieces such as wine jugs.
Cappadocia is well-suited for outdoor activities – anything you can think of, including trekking, hiking, horse riding, jeep safaris, and even ATV Quad safari tours are on offer! If the weather conditions are favorable, colorful hot-air balloons ascend into the skies at dawn. As you glance down from the hot-air balloon, all the valleys, rock cities, and fairy chimneys await to be discovered!
With all its beauties and wonderful, flavorful wines, Cappadocia offers an extraordinary and lavish banquet of natural wonders that will exceed your wildest dreams!
- The magical towns of Ürgüp, Göreme, Avanos, and Cappadocia
- The unique panoramic view over Cappadocia from a hot-air balloon tour
- Kaymaklı Underground City
- Ihlara Valley
- Uçhisar Castle
- Devrent Valley
- The villages of Paşabağ and Çavuşin
- Zelve Open-Air Museum
- Red Valley (Kızıl Vadi) and Rose Valley (Güllüdere Vadisi)
- Derinkuyu Underground City
- Soğanlı Valley
- Erciyes Ski Resort
- Horse-riding tours
- Kuru fasulye (a white bean stew served in clay pots)
- Testi kebabı (meat and vegetables cooked in a sealed clay pot)
- Güveç (a name used for various casseroles cooked and served in ce-ramic dishes)
- Ağpakla (bean stew with meat on the bone)
- Mantı (dumplings filled with minced meat served with garlic yogurt and butter)
- Aside (molasses-based dessert, thickened with flour and served with walnuts)
- Köftür (grape molasse syrup cubes)
- Gilaburu (Viburnum opulus or guelder rose drink)
- Tandır kebabı (lamb slowly cooked in an underground pit oven)
- Pumpkin seeds
- The bizarre tufa landscape
- The large variety of local fruits and vegetables
- Sun-dried raisins
- Flocks of local sheep
- The extensive steppes
- Clay pots in Avanos
- Onyx stone in Uçhisar
- Rugs in Avanos and Göreme
- Rag dolls in the village of Soğanlı
- Snow at Mount Erciyes
- Silk carpets and kilims of Central Anatolia
- Whirling dervish ceremonies
- Mystical quotes of Mevlâna Celaleddin-i Rumi
- The history of pottery in Avanos
- Textile storytellers
- Stories of the Cilician Gates