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The origin of the white grape variety is unknown. Synonyms are Adelfranke, Adelfranke Blanche, Adelfränkisch, Edelfränkisch, Grinling and Weißer Grünling. However, it should not be confused with the independent Traminer derivative Adelfränkisch. The variety was first mentioned in documents as early as 1621 under the names "Frue Grünling" and "Spät Grünling" by the ampelographer Michael Knaben. Grünling was widespread in the German Mark Brandenburg in the late Middle Ages and was widely cultivated in Franconia until the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). In an ampelographic work from 1661, a "Rother Grünling" is also described. According to the estate owner Lambert Joseph von Babo (1790-1862), the name is due to the dark green leaves.

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