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Papazkarasi

The red grape variety originates from Turkey. The name means "black priest". Synonyms are Kale Doiran, Karapapas, Kara Sefta, Papaska Neagra, Papaska Tcherna, Papaskara, Papaskarasi, Sivina, Vinta and Vinta Cherna. It should not be confused with the morphologically very similar varieties Adakarasi, Çalkarasi, Horozkarasi or Kalecik Karasi. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it is a presumably natural cross between Alba Imputotato x Prokupac. Incidentally, the Bulgarian variety Beala Debela was also created with the same parents. A direct descendant is the Hungarian variety Kövidinka Fehér. The medium-maturing vine is generally resistant to diseases. It yields colourful, high-alcohol red wines with moderate acidity. The grapes are also used for the traditional Thracian drink Hardaliye (fermented grape juice). The variety is grown in the Marmara region and in central Anatolia. In 2016, a total of 204 hectares of vines were reported in Turkey (Kym Anderson statistics).

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