Pinot Gris (also: Pinot Grigio, Grauburgunder, Ruländer) is a white grape variety.
It is said to be brought from Burgundy to Germany by a merchant from Speyer, named Johann Seger Ruland. Pinot Gris is a mutation of Pinot Noir, deriving from the diverse Burgundy family.
Pinot Gris produces white wine, which is low in acid, but full-bodied and rich in extract, with usually increased alcohol content. In some of Badens wine regions it is one of the varieties enabling top quality.
The skin of the berries varies between reddish and red. Wine produced from Pinot Gris has usually a strong golden yellow colour and sometimes, with high qualities, light shades of brown.
In Baden two styles of producing Pinot Gris have established: The traditional technique using fully riped grapes and partly botrytized grapes (due to the fungus Botrytis cinerea) leads to „Ruländer“, a strong sweet wine with a touch of Botrytis. For a number of years the new way has started to replace the traditional Ruländer. In the modern way grapes are plucked earlier and only the healthy ones are used. Thus a wine is produced with more acid and less sweetness creating an elegant taste that makes it a perfect partner for food. Nowadays this new style is referred to as „Grauburgunder“ in Baden.
Origin: mutation of Pinot Noir