From the breezy shorelines along the Turkish Riviera to the villages scattered through the Taurus mountains and continuing all the way to the Eastern borders, Turkiye is blessed with a wine culture that dates back centuries. Only a few know that the Anatolian region is believed to be the historical birthplace of winemaking dating back to 9500 BC. Wine culture was sometimes overlooked but never forgotten through the turn of history and the continuous change of empires. Today’s Turkiye is populated with dedicated winemakers who are not only keeping the wine culture alive but also reconnecting with the winemaking history, reviving and preserving the authentic local grape varieties that can’t be found anywhere else.
Ready to enjoy it? Then employ all of your senses and embark on this exciting journey through the immense pallet of Turkish wines. Connect with the beauty and elegance of the vast vineyard landscapes and meet the people behind the winemaking craft. Our unique wine-tasting menus and routes are designed by true professionals in the field and are made to reveal the entire spectrum of Turkish wines.
Step on the pavement gravel that so many sultans and emperors, poets and writers, soldiers and scholars, merchants and traders have stepped through the passing of time, and you will enter the labyrinth of smells, sounds, and sights. Here, through the alleys of the busy Grand Bazar, the chambers of the Topkapi palace, the smiles of the street vendors, the chitter-chatter of the locals at the hidden tea gardens, and the seabird view over the Bosphorus, the rhythm and the beat of historical Istanbul unfold. The iconic places are for sure not to be missed, but there are so many more hidden pearls awaiting you in the city.
At Vines and Pearls, we want to help you discover your favorites! Let it be the flavorful street food tasting at the family-run corner cafe, an exclusive fine dining dinner at the chef’s kitchen, a small bookshop at the backstreets alley, or maybe a boutique/contemporary art gallery. Our carefully designed experiences are full of delightful cultural and culinary surprises. Explore Turkiye with us and create your own stories.
Another of our favorite things to do is enjoy the breeze on a sailboat while the sun is playing in the sea. The Turkish Riviera is full of its own unique pearls that shine in the light of small coastal towns, the Mediterranean atmosphere, great fresh seafood, and locally produced wines.
Vines and Pearls offer sailing and yachting experiences in historical Istanbul and the beautiful Turkish Riviera, starting from Bodrum
Vines and Pearls work with the best people in the area to provide exclusive and carefree private sailing and yachting experiences that can easily be tailored to your desires.
My name is Goda, I am the founder of Vines and Pearls, and I am excited to have you here!
Coming from a relatively small place – Vilnius Lithuania, I have always felt the desire to broaden my horizons and get to know different parts of the world. I was blessed with opportunities to see many places, however, the beauty and diversity of Turkish culture, history and nature left me mesmerized.
Vines and Pearls has been created with love, ambition and commitment to continue learning and exploring Turkish heritage and building a community of passionate local professionals who can bring you high-quality, authentic and meaningful experiences.
Here we work only with top-level licensed professionals and strive to showcase the unique parts of the country’s culture and bring it to the central stage of the travel experience while leaving mass tourism and cliche itineraries behind.
Vines & Pearls was imagined by our founder Goda but made a reality by a group of talented professionals who also happen to be friends and allies in life. Here we want to thank and acknowledge everyone who has put effort into creating Vines & Pearls and continues to contribute to our success.