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The red grape variety comes from the Turkey, Synonyms are Kara Sakiz, Karakiz, Karasakyz, Kuntra, Makbule, Mavrupalya and Sakiz Kara. The name means "black chewing gum" (?). The late-ripening vine is generally well resistant to vine diseases and drought, It produces low-acid red and rosé wines with soft tannins and aromas of red fruits. The variety was formerly widespread and was mainly used for the production of Raki used. Today it is mainly grown on the northeast Aegean island Bozcaada (Ténedos), as well as in the east of the Turkish mainland. The acreage in 2010 was 43 hectares.

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

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