Sirince is a beautiful hill town only 7 km (4.4 miles) east of Selšuk, near Ephesus, in the Aegean hinterland south of Izmir. It’s famous for its wine.
The story goes that it was formerly inhabited by Ottoman Greeks and named Kirkinca (“Forty-ish”), which the locals pronounced ăirkince, which means “sort of ugly” (which it certainly is not).
After the exchange of populations following World War I, Turks from Greece were moved here. They changed the name to Sirince (shee-REEN-jeh, “sort of sweet, charming”).
Some say the Orthodox Christian Greeks who lived here formerly were famed for the excellence of their wine. Others say the Muslim Turks who moved here pretty much started the wine trade, but in any case production has been continued (or re-started), and you can taste the results and judge for yourself when you visit. They sell red, white and rose, dry and sweet.
I must admit that I have not been charmed by them, but it’s an experience. Continue reading