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Turkey: Winegrowers under Pressure

In Turkey, the country's Islamic-leaning, conservative government has massively restricted sales of alcohol. Yet Turkish wines are currently very popular. Vintners are focussing more on quality and are winning international prizes.

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But in many areas of the countryside and even in some large cities, bars and restaurants are no longer being issued liquor licences. Supermarkets are having to take alcoholic beverages off their shelves and sales over the Internet are also forbidden. Yet, in spite of these measures, alcohol consumption is rising. People are crowding to the areas of major cities where alcoholic drinks are still being served.