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The red grape variety (also Kara Erik) comes from Turkey. According to an unverifiable hypothesis, it was allegedly cultivated by the Armenians in ancient times. The medium to late ripening vine is generally resistant to diseases. The name referring to the large berries means "ox eye". It produces 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 Bogazkere variety, for example in the well-known brand wines Buzbag and Yakut. The large Kavaklidere winery also produces the pure variety. In 2010, the area under cultivation was 1,479 hectares

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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