Chasselas, which is called Gutedel in German, is the typical grape variety of the Markgräflerland region. Around 1780 Charles Frederick, Margrave of Baden, brought the Chasselas vine from Vevey at Lake Geneva in Switzerland to the Markgräflerland in Baden.
The major growing area of Chasselas in Germany is the Markgräflerland due to perfect weather conditions: hot and dry days during midsummer along with cool fall winds coming from the southern Black Forest hills at night, are excellent for this grape variety.
The wine is a light, crisp, fruity and stimulating white wine, which is mostly vinified dry – meaning not sweet. It is a perfect accompaniment for food.
Chasselas is classified as one of the oldest grape varieties. Its origin is said to be in Egypt where Chasselas has been cultivated since around 5.000 years. Many varieties can still be found in the Faiyum Oasis, about 70 kilometres southwest of Cairo. The Romans are said to have brought the grape variety to Europe. Vicomte d’Auban, a French diplomat, then brought the grape variety from the Turkish Constantinople to Burgundy in 1523. In the town Chasselas, southwest of Mâcon, „Chasselas“ is supposed to have been cultivated for the first time in France – hence the name.