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The red grape variety comes from Turkey; the name means "black cock". Synonyms are Horoz, Horoz Karasi, It Karasi, Khorozkarassi, Kilis Karasi and Marawani. It probably originates from the province of Kilis in the southeast. The origin (parentage) is unknown. The variety must not be confused with the varieties Adakarasi, Çalkarasi, Kalecik Karasi or Papazkarasi (although some of them are assumed to be identical), despite synonyms or morphological similarities that seem to indicate this. The medium ripening vine is susceptible to botrytis, but very suitable for hot climates. It produces colourful red wines rich in tannin and alcohol, but is mainly appreciated as a table grape. The variety is mainly cultivated around Gaziantep in the province of the same name (next to Kilis) near the border with Syria. In 2016, however, no stocks were reported (statistics Kym Anderson).

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