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The red grape variety originates from Turkey. Synonyms are Devegoezue, Karaoglan and Mehmetoglu. The name referring to the large berries means "bull's eye". According to one hypothesis, it was supposedly already cultivated by the Armenians in ancient times. The medium to late ripening vine is generally resistant to diseases. It yields light-coloured, acidic red wines of medium alcohol content with soft tannins and fruity aromas. The variety is mainly grown in Anatolia in the provinces of Elazig and Malaty, as well as in Thrace, Cappadocia and along the Aegean coast. It is mostly used as a blending partner with the Boğazkere variety in, for example, the Buzbag and Yakut brand wines. The large Kavaklidere winery also vinifies it as a single variety. The variety is also used as table grape. In 2016, 1,601 hectares of vineyards were reported (Kym Anderson statistics).

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