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The area between Lake Geneva (Switzerland) and the Rhône Valley (France) is thought to be the original home of the Pinot vine. It is unlikely that it originated in Italy because of the synonym Clevner. The Cistercian order brought it to the Rheingau in the Middle Ages, from where it then spread throughout Europe. According to the most likely variant, the French term "Pinot" is derived from the elongated grape shape, which is quite similar to the cone of a pine tree (French "pin"). The oldest names for the Pinot grape, some of which are still used today, were Auvernat, Morillon and Noirien in various spellings, but confusingly these were also used for other varieties.

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