History, mentality, and architecture of a region are important and we tend to read all about it before visiting our vacation area. Yet we forget an almost critical part of every traveling experience and that is a sense of taste. In our opinion, food and drinks are a unique representation of any civilization and when it comes to ancient ones, it can get to a whole different level. While trying out different taste combinations all around the world, we have acknowledged something. Many dishes, tastes, and spices have been touched by Turkish influence so, in this article, we chose to speak about the best area in Turkey for culinary enthusiasts as well as for those just looking to have some fun traveling.
There is an ancient legend saying that Dionysus, the god of wine was born in Turkey and many historians claim that in this region wine production had 6000 years to perfect itself. Having said that, we did some more research and found out that Cappadocia is jealously hiding many wineries that produce more than 10 million bottles of wine every year.
Safari winery is one of the newest productions in Cappadocia, but it must not be underestimated. The wines they make are served in many popular restaurants around Turkey and wider.
Doluca Winery collects the best grapes and turns them into drinks for gods. They won many renowned awards and they are spreading all around the globe.
And what are good wines without food to accompany each other? Cappadocia is now a famous tourist destination and as such, it offers many different types of restaurants. From modern 5-star chain restaurants to the local, private places it has it all. But, as you might have guessed the best food is made by the locals. Aravan Evi or Sakli Konak restaurant made the menu to suit everyone’s pocket. They are serving many specialties such as pottery kebabs or lahmacun. Dolma is also a well-known combination of meat and vegetables raised to a new level with ancient spices.
Delicious sweets go amazingly well with deserts wine. Lokma, rice puddings, or baklava are just the tips of the iceberg, and when it is hand made, it is even more delicious!
When going to a foreign country, always look around where the locals eat. They know all the secrets so make some local friends and let them take you on a Cappadocia tour. Cappadocia also has a wide variety of activities so after a long day of sightseeing, the best possible rest is to find a great restaurant with a stunning view. As you slowly sip cooled wine while tasting old specialties, soak in all the beauty Turkey can offer.
Some say that the taste stays in the memory longer than the photo, but just to make sure, before trying the dish take a picture of it so you would have both. Want to be bold? Try asking for a recipe as well, and recreate the dish for your friends at home. You will also have enough knowledge to pair it with a good wine, and an even greater story!