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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 well resistant to various vine diseases. It produces dark-colored, full-bodied, acid-stressed red wines with distinctive 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 far west of Turkey. In the past it was mainly used for the production of brandy. Today it mainly serves 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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