The red grape variety comes from Turkey; the name means "black cock". Synonyms are Horoz, Horoz Karasi, Khorozkarassi and Kilis Karasi. The latter indicates that it originates from the province of Kilis in the southeast. It must not be confused with the varieties Adakarasi, Calkarasi, Kalecik Karasi or Papazkarasi, despite the fact that synonyms or morphological similarities seem to indicate this (but it is assumed that some of them may be identical). The medium ripening vine is susceptible to botrytis, but very suitable for hot climates. It produces colourful red wines rich in tannins and alcohol. However, it is more appreciated than table grapes. The variety is mainly cultivated around Gaziantep in the province of the same name (next to Kilis) near the border to Syria. However, no stocks were reported in 2010 (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012