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Ruland Johann

In 1709, the German merchant and pharmacist Johann Seger Ruland (1683-1745) bought the overgrown garden of the Assessor at the Reichskammergericht Johann Heinrich Seuffert in Streichergasse in Speyer (Rhineland-Palatinate). There are two variations on the origin of the spread of the Grauburgunder. According to the better known first variant, Ruland received vines unknown to him from Burgundy or perhaps even brought them from there himself and planted them in the newly acquired garden. According to the more likely second variant, the previous owner Seuffert had already imported vines from Champagne and planted them in his garden. This then found Ruland in the overgrown garden and made a wine from it. He is said to have served it to his prince-bishop, who liked it. According to his description the wine was "sweet and sweet". Thus Ruland encouraged the vines from 1711 and sold the "hundred at 8 to 10 guilders". This was the beginning of the widespread distribution of Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) in Germany, which was later named after it as "Ruländer" or "Speyerer" after the place of origin. Other people who later rendered outstanding services to the spread of Pinot Gris were the Ihringen physician Lydtin, as well as the winery owner and mayor of Breisach Johann Baptist Hau (1782-1858).

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