Sabiha Apaydin


Heritage Vines of Turkey / Slow Wine Coalition / Old Vine Conference Turkey


Restauranteur and Educator

Having been in the gastronomy scene of Turkey for more than 25 years, Sabiha now continues her leading position as a consultant coordinator and wine educator of Mikla Restaurant with the same enthusiasm she felt in its opening eighteen years ago. She is a dedicated, passionate follower of natural wines and has been organizing workshops on wines made in amphoras. She has partnered with the Josep Roca during the filming of their 2015 travelogue ‘Turkish Way’. She is currently administrating multiple projects in support of the Anatolian wine culture and actively participating in conferences to highlight Anatolian grapes and wines. She is also the founder and organizer of the annual wine conference ‘Root Origin Soil’. One of the igniting projects she is taking part is ‘Anatolian Grapes’, which focuses on trying to protect ungrafted indigenous Anatolian vines in collection vineyards in phylloxera-free Cappadocia, Central Anatolia. She is a certified WSET educator and giving “A Wine and Business Administration” lecture at Culinary Arts Academy in Istanbul. She is also a co-Founder of Heritage Vines of Turkey, and a member of the Slow Wine Coalition and Old Vine Conference in Turkey.

Sabiha Apaydin