Turkish Winery releases Centenary bottle commemorating Gallipoli


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From the drinks business: A Turkish wine commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign has been released.

Produced by Gali Winery which is located on the Gallipoli peninsula, the special edition wine is a Merlot-based blend from Gali’s 24 hectare vineyard plantings, made by winemaker Hakan Kavur and is being presented as “a potent symbol of the special relationship between Turkey and ‘Anzacs’”.

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The battle of Gallipoli (or Çanakkale as it is called in Turkey) is an important part of the national identities of the chief protagonists Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.

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The British and Anzac troops suffered a quarter of a million casualties during the 10 month battle between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916, as did their Turkish opponents. ‘Anzac Day’, when the ‘Australian New Zealand Army Corp’ (ANZAC) landed at what is now Anzac Cove is still commemorated on 25 April every year.

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The wine is not commercially available in the UK or Australia but is available for export on request, “to Australia, New Zealand, UK and any person or place in the world that feels connected to the legend of Gallipoli.” (Article continues.)