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The red grape variety comes from Turkey. Synonyms are Papaska Neagra, Papaska Tcherna, Papaskara, Papaskarasi and Vinta Cherna. The name means "black priest". It must not be confused with the morphologically very similar varieties Adakarasi, Calkarasi, Horozkarasi or Kalecik Karasi. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it is a presumably natural cross between Alba Imputotato x Prokupac. The Bulgarian variety Beala Debela was also created with the same parents. The medium ripening vine is generally resistant to diseases. It produces colourful, alcohol-rich red wines with moderate acidity. The grapes are also used for the traditional, Thracian drink Hardaliye (fermented grape juice). The variety is cultivated in the Marmara region and in Central Anatolia. In 2010, a total of 175 hectares of vineyard area were designated in Turkey (statistics Kym Anderson).

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

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