VINEYARD ROAD

Urla-Kuşçular-Yağcılar

Distance: 25.5 km

Lowest point: 59 m

Highest point: 281 m

Difficulty level: 2

 

Transportation to the beginning of the course: You can arrive to Urla center by taking Urla minibuses, which depart from the Fahrettin Altay district terminal; or the municipal bus numbered 725 which depart from the transfer center at the same location (Üçkuyular).  The course can be viewed by private vehicles.
Details of the course: Urla is located in the geographical corridor between the Gulf of İzmir to its north and the Gulf of Sığacık to its south. It is open to the north and west winds, blowing from the Gulf of İzmir, as well as the south winds blowing from the Gulf of Sığacık. Table grapes such as sultaniye and rezaki are produced by local producers within the course. The course covers the area where enterprises are densely grouped together. These enterprises process wine grapes on-site, which they grow on their own vineyards. The Urla Grape Harvest Festival is organized every year on the 14th of August. The enterprises within the course are:
Urlice Vineyards:  Urlice Vineyards practices organic certified viticulture and makes wines with a boutique viticultural technique, which is also called "chateau" winemaking, on a 40 decare vineyard.  In Urlice vineyards cabarnet sauvignon, syrah, merlot, chardonnay grapes are grown and the products are chemical free. The facility can be visited on certain days of the week.
Usca Vineyards: Usca, named after the intellect philosophy (us means intellect in Turkish) of the philosopher Anaxagoras of Klazomenai, established its first vineyard in Urla Kocadağ in 2003; and established the new vineyard as well as the new production facility in Urla Kuşçular in 2012. In present day, Usca grows varieties of foreign grapes and varieties of the region's terroir (terua) grapes in its almost 40 decare vineyard. Having an organic production certificate, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, syrah and grenache grapes; as well as local the Bornova misket and Foçakarası (black grape) are grown in the Usca vineyards.  Foçakarası is an ancient grape which was produced in the Ionian city of Phokai and is known to be transported to Marseille by ships, approximately 26°0 years before now. This very grape is thought to be the ancestor of today’s international grape varieties.  The production here involves organic agriculture techniques along with all the benefits of technology without harming nature and what's natural. Boutique production is made via different techniques in tanks filled and chilled by providing gravitational flow. The facility can be visited on certain days of the week.
Urla Winery:  On about a 2000 decare grounds, the facility blends traditional and modern production practices and grows local grapes such as Bornova misket, Urla karası and gaydura. Moreover, the grape types expand with foreign grapes, namely, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Nero d’Avola, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, and Petit Verdo. Having earned international awards, the facility can be visited on certain days of the week.
Mozaik Vineyard: The facility makes wines from its own organic grapes, grown on a 150 decare vinery. All grapevines are imported from France and Italy and consist of rich red varieties which are a perfect fit for the peninsular climate.  Some of the grapes grown here are: Syrah, Sangiovese, Montepulciono, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Marselan, Ekigaina and Rebo.
MMG Vineyard: The facility is named after the first alcoholic beverage produced in history "medd" (created by fermenting honey with water). On a 50 decare of calcareous and infertile land, Bornova Misket, Kara Misket types are grown and all grapes are harvested at night. The grapes are processed with traditional methods like gravitational flow and manual pressing. The grapes which are grown in this region are fed by the breeze of the four winds and transformed into Şatomet Boutique Wines that have a long-lasting and complex aromatized flavor. The facility can be visited on certain days of the week.     
Urla Bağevi (Vineyard House): Located 6 km away from the Gulf of İzmir in the north, and the Gulf of Seferihisar in the south, the facility has a unique microclimate thanks to the breezes the Gulfs offer. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon is produced in a 100 decare vineyard and since the vineyard likes the terroior of this geography, compared to other locations, different grapes are grown here. As for table grapes, red globe (organic certificated) is produced. The facility can be visited on certain days of the week and there is also an option for accommodation.
The course connects to the course number 4 in Ulamış over Seferihisar - Turgut - Azmak - Düzce with a link road. Transport within the course can either be provided by walking, cycling or vehicle options starting from the beginning of the course; Urla center.
Shopping and Accommodation: Shopping is possible in Üçkuyular, Kuşçular, Yağcılar and Urla centers. There are hotels and guesthouses in Urla. 

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