Drinking Wine in Istanbul

Save water – Drink Wine” became the motto of our last girl’s weekend in Istanbul.

It all started when I was stood at the open top of the Galata tower, which is an impressive 66 meters tall. I had a raging hangover from the night before and the fresh air combined with a fear of heights, prompted thoughts that I was going to puke!


My phone was ringing which provided a temporary distraction. It was my close friend Debra

Debra – “when you have finished prancing around that tall tower, come and find us. We are drinking wine and tasting cheese in a posh boutique. We are going up in the world girl!”

Me – “Seriously! It is 11 o’clock in the morning!

Finding Sensus in The Galata Neighbourhood

By now, I was questioning my sense of balance. Sightseeing after a night on the town is never a good idea and I was considering “hair of the dog” . Exiting Galata tower, I turned left into a side street and come across the wine boutique called Sensus.

Save water drink wine

Save Water…Drink wine

I am not normally a wine drinker. Beer is my preferred refreshment. However, the wall to wall of fine wines impressed me. Fridges are filled with a variety of domestic and foreign cheeses. There is even a canapés menu.


So have I stopped drinking beer and eating street food and started sipping on fine wines and nibbling on canopies?

No, my social status has not been elevated. The wine and cheese boutique was something new but not enough to make me change my habits. I enjoyed tasting wine and sampling new flavors but that is as far as it goes.

wine tasting

I recommend a visit for something different though. If you want to try Turkish wines or are looking for a quiet environment to socialize with your friends, then Sensus is a great place to be.

wine tasting in Istanbul

How to get there

From the exit of Galata tower, turn left and the boutique is on the right hand side. They also have branches in Antakya, Eskisehir and Marmaris. More information is here on their website.

wine shop

Readers Question – Cast your vote. Is wine your preferred alcoholic drink?

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  1. says

    Love the motto, and the article! Wine – of the rose variety- is definitely my favourite tipple. I drink it with masses of ice because I’ve heard it makes the calories disappear…
    clare cheetham wrote about..The road to Kalkan

  2. says

    Good luck with your new tastes for wine and cheese and stay away from open windows! Love the shots!

    • says

      Thanks Terry but I think I will be sticking with the beer!

    • says

      The way I felt after that wine tasting Alan – I swore never to drink again but it was no long before I was back on the pop!

  3. says

    I love wine; it’s my preferred alcoholic drink of choice. I am specifically fond of robust red blends. Your motto “Save water-drink wine” is awesome! Thanks for sharing your experience. Sounds like a lot of fun. Sensus looks like a charming place!

  4. Juliet Carney says

    Wow! Will you look at that. Another wine haven. Their motto is so interesting but I’ll definitely choose water over wine, though I’ll choose it for one day if given the chance. 😉

  5. says

    Good tip on the wine boutique. Wish we’d discovered it when we last went to Galata, but we went with the more staid option, and opted for fresh ground coffee and a Turkish pastry.

    There’s some great little coffee shops down the side street leading up to the Tower. This area of Istanbul reminds me of Paris – and is a great place to people watch.
    Roving Jay wrote about..Free – Bodrum Peninsula Quick Reference Travel Guides

    • says

      I enjoyed reading your posts though cole – you got to see a good bit of Turkey. Hopefully if you return then we can meet up then

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