Altough the skin of the Grauburgunder grape is coloured reddish-grey, it is classified as a white wine variety. It is also commonly known as Pinot Gris in France and Pinot Grigio in Italy.
Grauburgunder denotes the sleeker, drier style, which harmonizes with many types of food, while the richer, fuller-bodied and more fragrant version is called Ruländer. The latter is named after a businessman from Speyer, Johann Ruland, who discovered the grape in the early 18th century and made it popular.
This variety needs vineyards with deep, heavy soil and is harvested around the same time as Weißburgunder. Moreover, it is planted especially in Baden, Rheinhessen and the Pfalz.