Inspired by his friend Mr. Arnaud, a restaurant owner and distinguished proprietor of Chateau Cabrieres and Chateau Maucoil in the Châteauneuf-du Pape region in France, Barbare Vineyards tale begins in 2000. With a new century, 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 230 acres of land in Tekirdağ to establish Barbare Vineyards to set forth on making his dream a reality. Together with Xavier Vignon, a prominent oenologist and wine consultant for numerous Chateau Wineries in France, they started building the winery we are today.
With a philosophy of “giving back earth, what we have taken from the earth”, we do organic, sustainable, and biodynamic agriculture. Barbare Vineyards has a production team consisting of 10 experts in their fields. Additionally, approximately 60 women seasonal workers are temporarily hired to prune, bond, retrench and harvest the grapes starting from September. As a result, Barbare Vineyards has generated new job opportunities for the community in the region.
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 oversee the activities at the Vineyard and spends most of his time at Barbare during the grape harvest season.
Barbare Vineyards is located 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. 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 winery presently established, the Thrace region is once again flourishing and re-gaining its rightful place in viniculture.
The main consideration in naming our vineyards Barbare was to signify the importance and history of winemaking in the Thrace region. Another reason is that 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.
Barbare bağ arazileri alındı (230 dönüm)
Asmalar dikildi (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache & Mourvedre)
İlk şarap üretildi (Cabernet Sauvignon)
İlk şişeleme yapıldı
Barbaros Bağ Evi 6 odayla hizmete açıldı
Sauvignon Blanc dikildi
Bağlarımız genişledi (80 dönüm arazi eklendi. Cabernet Franc, Karaoğlan, Pinot Noir dikimi yapıldı)
Bağ evimiz genişledi, 26 oda eklendi
Bağ evimiz her geçen gün daha iyi hizmet vermeye devam ediyor