An unparalleled and exhilarating journey that extends from the vine to the glass… And the most delightful memoires that this journey symbolizes are exquisite and flawless tastes. In every bottle, Barbare carries and nurtures the varying aromas and flavors of the choicest grapes that have been meticulously cultivated at Barbare’s vineyards with care and attention. As the aromas and flavors flourish and age over time, so does the enjoyment experienced for a lasting and unforgettable bond with wine lovers.
Inspired by his friend Mr. Arnaud, a restaurant owner and distinguished owner of Chateau Cabrieres and Chateau Maucoil in the Châteauneuf-du Pape region in France, Barbare Vineyards tale begins in 2000 when Can Topsakal decided to join the exciting world of winemaking after completing his university education in France. His quest to find the most suitable soil and microclimate for his vineyards took him on a journey from Çeşme in the Aegean region to Tekirdağ in the Thrace region in Turkey. Subsequently, Topsakal purchased 57 acres of land in Tekirdağ to establish Barbare Vineyards and set forth on making his dream a reality with Xavier Vignon, a prominent oenologist and wine consultant for numerous Chateau Wineries in France.
Barbare Vineyards is situated between the villages of Barbaros and Yazır in Tekirdağ. Set on a small hilltop overlooking the Marmara Sea, the vineyards are ideal for cultivating grapes according to international standards as the fertile land is warmed with the sun’s heat coupled with the cooling temperatures from the sea. The region is known for its centuries-old winemaking traditions and as a result of the state-of-the art vineyards presently established, the Thrace region is once again flourishing and re-gaining its rightful place in viniculture.
Grapes were first planted at Barbare Vineyards in 2001 and were continued to be planted periodically through 2003. Moreover, internationally recognized Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes are cultivated with organic and biodynamic farming methods for sustainable winemaking at Barbare Vineyards.
Barbare Vineyards has a production team consisting of 10 experts in their field. Additionally, approximately 60 women workers are temporarily hired seasonally to prune, bond, retrench and pick grapes during the harvest. As a result, Barbare Vineyards has generated new job opportunities for the community in the region.
Barbare is committed to the philosophy that “winemaking begins at the vineyard” and has a low-yield strategy and the average yield at Barbare’s vineyards is 350-400 kg annually. Not only aren’t the grapevines watered unless absolutely necessary, the grapevines are carefully monitored to ensure homogenous maturity and yield capacity. As a result, Barbare is able to produce superb wines with vibrant and distinct hues, complex aromas and soft tannins.
Organic Viticulture and ECOCERT Certification
Barbare’s most important ideology and conviction is “to give back to the soil what it has taken” and as a result, is dedicated to cultivating the choicest grapes and organic farming. To endorse this commitment, Barbare applied to Ecocert, the most esteemed organization to receive certification. Ecocert was established in France in 1991 and is an independent inspection and certification body recognizing and certifying organic farming and has been a benchmark in organic certification worldwide ever since. Ecocert evaluates the entire production chain – from the total process and products ingredients, to the use of top quality ecological resources to eco-friendly standards. Presently, there are only 15,000 products that have been endorsed with Ecocert certification and Barbare Wines is proud to be a member of this group.
Why the name Barbare?
The main consideration in naming our vineyards Barbare was to signify the importance and history of winemaking in the Thrace region and also because our vineyards are situated along the ridges of Barbaros, a small and picturesque village. While our goal was to pursue organic farming and as a result, protect the environment, we thought it was best that our wines carry the name of the region. Further, we used Barbaros’s bearded skull, which infers to a red beard in Barbare’s logo.
Who is Xavier Vignon?
For the past 15 years, Xavier Vignon has been one of the most renowned oenologists in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape and surrounding wine regions in France. More than just a consultant for Barbare Wines, Vignon is in total charge of monitoring the vineyards as well as every step of the winemaking process. Once a month he travels from France to visit and oversee the activities at the Vineyards and spends most of his time at Barbare during the grape harvest season.