We took a dolmuş up to Şirince, a local village with wineries and all too often too many tourists. Not being a weekend and in late November the village was pretty quiet but still open for business. Much of the wine is made from fruit other than grapes but there is a reasonable selection of wines made from grape. One of the fun bits is that it is possible to wander around the village visiting the many wine houses and sampling the beverages on offer. You only get a tiny glass but three or four at each of the many establishments…. It is well possible to get quite tipsy.
Many of the wines we tasted, all white and made from grapes, were a little sweet for us. To be expected really, our tipple of choice is a bone dry Sauvignon Blanc. What is on offer was mostly local grape and made in a German style, a bit like a dry Riesling – drinkable but not quite to our taste.
We ended up buying six bottles of a wine we had bought before, light, fruity, young, sufficiently dry, and interestingly the cheapest of those on offer, so certainly not a wine to get snobby over. It is not dissimilar to what might come in a jug at a taverna in Greece – perfectly acceptable and something we have drunk enough of in the past.
To help us recover from the strenuous activity of tasting so many wines we decided it would be good for us to walk back home. It was a sunny day, the walk is mostly downhill and takes a couple of hours. And you don’t get a view like this walking home from Oddbins.