The red poppy which has a very special significance for New Zealanders and Australians now graces the label of a one-off wine produced in Turkey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the bloody battle for Gallipoli during World War 1.
A replica of the little red flower which grew on European battlegrounds is worn in this part of the world in April each year to commemorate the thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops (the Anzacs) and the Turks who lost their lives.
Fittingly the merlot-based wine which wears the poppy now is grown on the Gallipoli Penninsula by Gali Winery. Winemaker Hakan Kavur says it is “a potent symbol of the special relationship between Turkey and Anzacs”.
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