Melen Şarapları

Our Story

The further down the roots of the vine reach in the ground, the more resilient new growth will be.

Melenwinery Our family has been making wine since before the foundation of the Republic. Our grandfather, known as “Matyoz Ahmet” by his friends, was the one who built the very winery we use today from the ground up. Hoşköy, where it is located, was an area where both Greeks and Ottoman Turks lived together. Matyoz Ahmet and his Greek friend Şimo formed the tradition of the land into a craft. They continued to be friends and partners at the winery. Starting out with raki production, the two friends were then separated as part of the population exchange.


When the Republic was founded, raki production was put under the Tekel subsidiary. Afterwards, the Çetintaş family started winemaking. In the following years, Hüseyin Çetintaş, son of Ahmet Çetintaş, finished his college education in Istanbul and took over the business. His curiosity and his analytical personality would contribute to the efficiency of production.

Şiraz ve Oğuz BağdaThe children born into this life that was rich in scents, colors and tastes could not stay away from winemaking either. Hüseyin Çetintaş’s son, Cem Çetintaş, took over shortly after finishing his college education. He started a new era by beginning to bottle with the Melen brand. Today, we are combining the experience accumulated over three generations with energy, and continuing to do what we do best, adding to the resilience of new growth.

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