BURNT LAND AND MANISA KULA
For two thousand years, Geopark region in Kula County, Manisa has been known for its superior-characteristic formations caused by young volcanoes.
In his encyclopedic masterpiece "Geography", Strabo (63 BC - AD 24) the great geographer of the ancient times, names Kula "Catacecaumene", “The Burnt Land” because of the coal black basalt rocks.
In his book titled "Geography" Strabo writes two thousand years ago;
".... Leaving behind this patch, you arrive in the Catacecaumene land. There is not even a single tree, but the vines in this land, the vines which are used to make the Catacecaumenites, nothing lesser of the finest wines.”
Strabo praises the quality of the wines made out of the vineyards in the location, comparing them with well-known Italian wines of the day, such as Falarne and the Aminea.
On page 153 of the referred work Strabo states ".... Catacecaumene land makes very good quality wine, that is used for both medical purposes as well as pleasing the palates.”
The vineyards raised in the location, known as the Burnt Land because of its young volcanoes, and the wines made of these vines was quite well known in the ancient times. For instance, Vitruvius (BC 80-70 AD 15) suggests that the taste and flavors of a fruit is strongly dependent on the characteristics of the soil they are grown, and puts Catacecaumene wines forward as an example.
Plinius, names Catacecaumenites as noteworthy among other foreign wines, made outside the Italian peninsula.
In summary, under the brand name "Yanık Ülke Wines" we are reviving the legendary wines of this region covered with lush vineyards growing on the black soil of the burnt land and known to make the finest of wines in mythology.
Yanık Ülke Vineyards are located on the rocky volcanic slopes of the Divlit Volcano. Soil properties are the same as the Mount Etna region in Italy.
Our vineyards are located 924 meters above sea level, which provides an ideal climate for growing vines.
As of 2018, the total area of our plantations has surpassed 800 acres while terracing is completed in 300 acres of land ready to be planted.
16 varieties of grapes are grown in our vineyards, including:
White varieties: Muscat, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cataratto, Gewurtzraminer, Narince
Red varieties: Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nerello Cappucchio, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Nerello Mascales, Petit Verdot, Boğazkere and Öküzgözü.