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Kalecik Karasi

The red grape variety (also Kara Kalecik) comes from the Turkey; the name means "Black of Kalecik". According to one hypothesis, the variety or an ancestor was already around 1,500 BC. In the then, large parts of today's Anatolia cultivates extensive Hethiterreich, which of course is no longer verifiable. She may not with the morphological similar varieties Adakarasi. Calkarasi. Horozkarasi. Papazkarasi or Sungurlu be confused (but it is believed that some of them are identical).

The medium-maturing vine is prone to Botrytis, It produces an acidic red wine with soft tannins and pronounced aromas of sour cherries and raspberries. The variety was through in the 1960s phylloxera almost eradicated, but through combined efforts of the University of Ankara and the winery Kavaklidere reactivated. Today it is the most important red grape variety in Central Anatolia. It is mainly grown around the capital Ankara in the eponymous district Kalecik. The vineyards are located at 600 to 900 meters above sea level on the steep slopes of the Kizilirmark (Red River). There are others in Cappadocia and Thrace. The acreage in 2010 was 861 hectares.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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