Step by Step to Dreams
Mr. Özkan paid visits to different regions where the world’s best wines are produced, examined the world famous vineries and the vineyards. Mr Burak Özkan, who studied economics and international Business in London and the USA, took a break in his business life to develop an infrastructure concerning wines. He attended Plumpton College in England for training on wine production. His brother, Doruk Özkan, graduated from Akdeniz University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of horticulture and involved in vineyards closely. In this way, a family company, Likya Wine, was established with their different expertise skills.
Castle Type Production at Elmalı Vineyards
Likya Wine is produced from the late harvested grapes in the vineyards, which belong to the Özkan family, at a height of 1100 m in Elmalı in a climate that is hot during the day and cool at night.
Özkan Family, who started their first vineyard by Lake Avlan, named it Arykanda Vineyards because it is close to Arykanda antique city. In this vineyard a modern vinery was established in 2007 in order to produce wine from their own grapes pursuant to “castle system.” This establishment whose project was drawn in congruence with Natural Flow philosophy was founded with the help of French and Italian technologies. This establishment which carries out its production in heat controlled stainless steel tanks, possesses a fully-equipped laboratory, a bottle washing system, a fully automatic filling and labeling line, and operates under extremely hygienic conditions.
Özkan Family, who realized that good wines cannot be produced from the grapes of young vineyards so they waited patiently till the vine shoots became 8 years old. From the beginning of the project, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Kalecik Karası, Öküzgözü, Boğazkere, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier red grapes and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc white grapes have been grown at an area of 250 decares under the control of Prof. Dr. Hasan Çelik who has supported us and acted as our consultant. Moreover, work for production of new kind of good quality grapes has been going on for five years with the vine stems obtained from a 200 year old vineyard.
In our wine production activities Francois Gaboriaud from Bordeaux, France has been acting as consultant.
In consequence of all these efforts related to vineyards, not only Antalya but the Mediterranean Region of Turkey shall take place among the map of Turkish Wine Regions.