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Gutedel


Gutedel
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Also known as:  Chasselas, Fendant

The Gutedel grape is one of the oldest grape varieties. It was cultivated by the Egyptians over 5,000 years ago. It is believed that the cultivation of the grape spread to the Romans and ancient Greeks. In the beginning of the 16th century, the French obtained the grape variety and began planting it in the Chasselas region. The grape was introduced into Germany in the 17th century in the Württemberg and Franken regions. Today, Gutedel plantings cover 2,774 acres (1,123 hectares) or 1.1% of Germany's wine regions - mainly in the southern part of Baden, the Markgräflerland district.

Gutedel wines are greatly influenced by the ground, climate, and location in which the grapes were grown - more so than other grapes. Most Gutedel grapes produce light wines, which are best enjoyed when they are still young. They do not last long because of their low acidity.

Gutedel wines go well with light dishes, such as seafood, mild cheese, and egg- and pasta dishes. The higher quality wines work excellently on their own as well.

 




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