There are many hypotheses about the origin of Pinotrebe. A descent from the of Columella (1st half 1st century) and Pliny the Elder (23-79) mentioned ancient grape variety Allobrogica is not verifiable. For the supposition that they are from Egypt over Greece to France genetic or botanical evidence is missing. That she is emperor Charlemagne (742-814) brought to the Rhine and there on his Pfalz Ingelheim ( Rheinhessen ) is not provable (but not impossible). That his great-grandson Karl III. called the Fat (839-888), which planted the variety in the year 884 near Lake Constance in his "King's Winery", is not proven, since no variety names are mentioned in the document in question. And last but not least is synonymous because of the synonym Clevner assumed origin Italy unlikely.
As a primeval home of Pinotrebe the area between Lake Geneva (Switzerland) and the Rhone Valley (France) suspected. The Order of Cistercian brought her to the Middle Ages Rheingau, from here she spread all over Europe, The French term "Pinot" is derived from the most likely variant of the elongated form of Pinot grapes, which are quite similar to the pin of a pine (French "pin"). The pinot varieties are by no means a family, as this falsely associates different kinship relationships. Rather, they are out mutations a Pinot-Ursorte originated. But so will be Klonmutanten In addition, these are mutants only "slightly" changed descendants. In any case, they were among the "nobler" in the Middle Ages Franconian varieties :