Made From Selective Anatolian Grapes

Wine Culture

Our brands under the category of wine include Kayra Imperial, Kayra Versus, Kayra Vintage, Kayra Buzbag Reserv, Kayra Cameo, Kayra Madre, Kayra Heritage, Allure, Experimental Series, Terra, Leona, Buzbag, Tilsim, Cumartesi and Guzel Marmara.

It is known that wine is originated in Anatolia. As Mey|Diageo, our motto in wine-making is: "These lands are where the world's first wine was made, so why should it not yield the best wine as well?". We continue to crown our portfolio, which we have developed to yield the best from selective Anatolian grapes and to unlock the true potential of the vineyards in Turkey, with numerous awards we have received in the most prestigious competitions in the world. We ensure that the wines, which we produce through the investments we make and the innovations we introduce, are widely loved and admired abroad and even in countries, which are referred to as the center of winemaking.

We continue winemaking with the grapes we grow in our own vineyards. We continue to make efforts towards perfect winemaking, from soil to glass, with the wines we make from our own vineyards, which have taught us how to listen to the vineyard and speak the same language with nature

Our Brands

Kayra ImperiaKayra VersusKayra VintageKayra Vintage
Kayra Buzbag ReservKayra CameoKayra MadreKayra Heritage
Allure, Experimental SeriesTerraLeonaBuzbag
TilsimCumartesiGuzel Marmara
  • What is wine? The drink made by fermentation with fresh grape juice is called wine. It is referred to as one of the most natural spirits.
  • What is fermentation? Fermentation is a natural process through yeasts. Yeasts are microorganisms that naturally coexist with grapes in vineyards and winemaking facilities. These organisms feed on sugar, which is contained in grape juice, in order to survive, and convert it to alcohol and carbon dioxide gas through fermentation.
  • How is wine made? Microorganisms that naturally coexist with grapes in vineyards and production facilities are called yeast. Yeasts feed on sugar, which is contained in grape juice, in order to survive, and convert it to alcohol and carbon dioxide gas through fermentation. Almost all grape varieties have white flesh. The color of red and rosé wines comes from the use of grape skins during fermentation. If the skins separate in the earlier steps, then the wine will have little or no color. This is how rosé wine is made from black grapes. White wine can be made from both black and white grapes. Red and rosé wines can only be made from black grapes. 
  • What is the role of climate types on wine? Climate plays an important role in the ripening of grapes. As with other fruits, it is important that the grapes get enough sunlight to ripen. If the grape gets enough sunlight, then the sour acids in the fruit convert into sugar and the skins ripen; if it doesn't get enough sunlight, then the skin remains green and hard, and an acidic and sour taste forms. Excessive sunlight results in grapes with low acidity, and the resulting wine is unbalanced and has a poor taste. On the other hand, with poor sunlight, the wine will not have an intense taste, but it will taste sour. How good a wine will be depends on the balance of rainfall, sunlight and temperature. Therefore, the climate types play an important role on the characteristics of wine such as taste, aromas and acidity.
  • What are the characteristics of wines made from grapes grown in colder climates? Since territories with colder climates receive less sunlight, grapes do not get a darker color. So, making white wine is preferred rather than red wine. The wines have a lower alcohol content due to less sunlight (less sugar). Since grapes produce acids to become more resistant to cold, resulting wines have a very high acidity.For example, Northern France, Germany etc. 
  • What are the characteristics of wines made from grapes grown in warmer climates? Compared to territories with colder climates, territories with warmer climates stand out with different wines.  Since black grapes need more heat to ripen, red wines are usually made in warmer climates. For example, Southern France, Australia, Turkey, Spain..
  • When does harvesting take place in Turkey? Harvesting starts when grapes are ripe. This time varies in the west and east of Turkey. However, it starts in the second half of August and continues until the end of October. Early ripening varieties are harvested earlier than other grapes. However, climatic conditions also play an important role on ripening process. Harvested grapes must be processed as soon as possible. For quality winemaking, harvesting takes place in the vineyards at dawn and at night.
  • What are the characteristics of Okuzgozu grape? Okuzgozu is a large, dark-colored and fleshy grape and is grown mostly in Elazig and Malatya. A medium bodied wine with high acidity and lower tannin is made from grapes that ripen until mid-October, late September. It is used for the blend of Bogazkere-Okuzgozu, a classic in Turkish winemaking, and is also suitable for being used alone in winemaking. Such lower-bodied wines have ripe cherry, sour cherry, black mulberry and molasses aromas.
  • What are the characteristics of Bogazkere grapes? Bogazkere is one of the grapes with the strongest characteristic in Turkey. It is a small, dark-colored grape with thick skin, and it is grown in the area between Euphrates and Tigris rivers. With its sour taste, this black grape originates in Diyarbakir and its surroundings. It is well adapted to arid climate in this region, and it is grown on gravelly, calcareous and clayey, red soil. The wines made from Bogazkere are high-bodied and have tannin content, and they are suitable for aging. In addition to fruity flavors such as cherry, sour cherry and black mulberry, spicy tones are also frequently observed. Because of its strong and sour taste, it is generally used in blendings with Okuzgozu.