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Karalahna

The red grape variety comes from the Turkey; the name means "black pumpkin". Synonyms are Karalahana, Kara Lahna, Kara Lakana, Lachna Kara, Lahna Kara and Sota. The parentage is unknown. The medium to late-ripening vine is generally resistant to various vine diseases. It produces dark-colored, full-bodied, acid-rich red wines with pronounced tannins and aromas of black and red berries as well as aging potential. The variety comes from the south coast of the Dardanelles in the extreme west of Turkey. It used to be mainly for the production of spirits. Today, it serves primarily as a color-enhancing blend. In 2010, an acreage of four hectares was recorded.

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

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