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The red grape variety originates from Turkey; the name means "black rooster". Synonyms are Horoz, Horoz Karasi, It Karasi, Khorozkarassi, Kilis Karasi and Marawani. It probably originates from the province of Kilis, which lies in the southeast. The parentage is unknown. The variety should not be confused with Adakarasi, Çalkarasi, Kalecik Kar asi or Papazkarasi, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities (but it is suspected that some of them may be identical). The medium-maturing vine is susceptible to botrytis, but very well suited to hot climates. It yields colourful, tannin- and alcohol-rich red wines, but is mainly appreciated as table grape. The variety is mainly grown around Gaziantep in the province of the same name (located next to Kilis) near the border with Syria. However, no stocks were reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics).

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