This grape is sometimes also still called "Ruländer" in Germany. It probably developed from a bud mutation that occurred in the Pinot noir. It's assumed that it originated in Burgundy. The Speyer-based merchant, Johann Ruland, discovered it in his garden and popularised it. The grape prefers good locations that are not too hot with deep and strong soils. Here, it produces a dry-elegant wine with the full bouquet that is typical for the grape.