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Avsa Island is a popular domestic touristic destination, located in the southwestern Sea of Marmara, 65 miles to Istanbul. The island is famous with vineyards and winemaking and also with beautiful sandy beaches.

The history of viticulture and winemaking of the island goes back to 1800s to Ottoman Empire period. It has begun with the Rum people up until 1920s and sustained by the Thrace immigrant Turks after population exchange. 'Adakarası', the indigenous grape variety of the island, tend to be destroyed during tourism boom of 1970s. 

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