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Frequently used name for many different white and red grape varieties. Also the spellings Wällischer, Welsche, Welschel, Welscher or similar are common. The term "welsch" originally stood for Celtic, later for Romanesque, Italian or French, and also generally for foreign or alien. In popular colloquial language, the term also has the meaning of "false" or "spurious". Wälscher is part of the name of many varieties, often of Italian origin, such as Roter Urban and Schiava Gentile (sweetwälscher), Chasselas (Wälscher), Elbling (Welschel), Laska (Blauer Wälscher), Orléans (Weißer Wälscher), Räuschling (Weißer Wälscher), Schiava Grossa (Schwarzer Wälscher) and Welschriesling ("false or foreign Riesling", since not related to Riesling).

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