Founded 15 years ago by Can ORTABAŞ, Urla winery covers today 58 hectares and produces more than 250 000 bottles per year.
In 2001 was established the firm Urla Bağçılık and in 2006 it incorporated Urla Şarapçılık (Urla winery).
Respectful of the environment and the soil, the flow technique is being used which allows to process grapes and pour them automatically in stainless steel and oak tanks under the influence of gravity. As no pumps are used, the grape’s skin is not damaged and the wine doesn’t lose aromas and flavours.
Urla winery cultivates a wide range of French grapes : Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. It also have two Italian grapes : Nero D’Avola and Sangiovese. Last but not least, it cultivates local grapes such as Boğazkere, Kalecik Karası, Bornova Misket and Narince.
The main goal of Urla winery is the revitalization, rediversification and selection of local grapes. Thus it rediscovered an almost lost local grape called Urla Karası which it blends beautifully with Nero D’Avola.
The Aegean winery also invests in the promotion of local tourism. In 2016, Urla’s wineries joined their forces to create the Urla Wine Route. The members currently are Urla winery, Urlice, MMG, USCA and Mozaik. They are all very close to each other and directions on the road are very well indicated. This wine route is boosting tourism in the region and in particular in the town of Urla. It is really becoming a gastronomic destination.
Urla winery’s facility is right in the middle of the vineyards. Its a modern and slich building very well designed and welcoming 80 000 visitors each year.
In the cosy tasting room, a very nice staff will welcome you and will explain all the wines in details. It’s amazing that you really can taste each and every wine and it’s free of charge!
I really like this brand which, even if a quite big player on the wine market now, manages to stay authentic and original in taste. Needless to say, I love their wines… well, apart from their Bornova Misket (sorry!).