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Kalecik Karasi

The red grape variety comes from the Turkey; the name means "Black from Kalecik". Synonyms are Adakarasi, Calkarasi, Hasanede, Horozkarasi, Kara Kalecik and Papazkarasi. According to a hypothesis, the variety or an ancestor was already around 1,500 BC. BC in the Hittite Empire, which at that time encompassed large parts of today's Anatolia, which of course is no longer verifiable. Despite apparently suggesting synonyms or morphological No similarities with the varieties Adakarasi. Calkarasi. Horozkarasi. Papazkarasi or Sungurlu can be confused (but it is believed that some of them are identical).

The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to Botrytis, It produces acidic red wines with soft tannins and distinctive aromas of sour cherries and raspberries. The variety was introduced 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 wine variety in Central Anatolia. It is mainly grown around the capital Ankara in the eponymous district of Kalecik. The vineyards are located at 600 to 900 meters above sea level on the steep slopes of the Kizilirmark (Red River). There are more in Cappadocia and Thrace. In 2010, 861 hectares of vineyards were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).

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

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