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Kalecik Karasi

The red grape variety comes from the Turkey; the name means "Black of Kalecik". Synonyms are Adakarasi, Calkarasi, Hasanede, Horozkarasi, Kara Kalecik and Papazkarasi. According to one hypothesis, the variety or an ancestor was already around 1,500 BC. In the then, cultivated large parts of today's Anatolia comprehensive Hethiterreichs, which of course is no longer verifiable. It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the 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 acidic red wines 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 wine 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 Kizilirmark (Red River). There are others 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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