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Csókaszölö

The red grape variety comes from Hungary. The name literally means "Dohlentraube", whereby "Dohle" (the black bird) refers to the colouring of the almost black berries. Synonyms are: Blauer Kleinhungar, Kleinschwarze, Scherkentraube, Schlehentraube, Schwarzer Veltliner (Austria); Magyarka Neagra (Romania); Aprofekete, Csóeka, Csóka, Csóka Szölö, Csókaszinue Szölö, Fekete Fajos, Fekete Magyarka, Hordokongato, Kék Elbai, Kis Fekete, Madarszölö, Rácfekete, Vadfekete, Zaczi (Hungary). It was often confused with the no longer cultivated variety Cigányszölö (Gypsy grape). The parentage (parenthood) is unknown. The medium ripening vine is resistant to botrytis, but susceptible to both types of mildew. It produces colourful, spicy, fruity red wines with high alcohol content but low acidity and soft tannins. The variety was once widespread in the Carpathian basin. The vine, which was eventually threatened with extinction, is now being cultivated again by a small number of producers and is permitted for example in the Balatonmelléke, Eger and Villány areas. In 2016, a cultivation area of two hectares was designated (statistics Kym Anderson).

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