Known as Chasselas in France and Fendant in Switzerland, this ancient white variety is both a popular table grape and a wine grape.
It ripens fairly early and makes a rather neutral wine, low in acidity, that is best enjoyed while it is still young. Fruity, fresh, palatable and wines that are easy to drink can be created from the Gutedel grape.
Despite several genetic analyses, one does not know exactly where this variety comes from.
Throughout history, German winegrape areas planted with Gutedel have always been found rarely. Today it is primarly cultivated in a small region in Baden, called "Markgräflerland". Moreover, it is grown in Saale-Unstrut and extremly rarely in Sachsen, Pfalz and Rheinhessen.