The origin of the white grape variety is unknown. Synonyms are Adelfrankke, Adelfranke Blanche, Adelfränkisch, Edelfränkisch, Grinling and white Grünling. However, it must not with the independent Traminer descendant Adel Fränkisch be confused. The variety was first in 1621 under the name "Frue Grünling" and "late green" from ampelographers Michael Knaben mentioned. The green was in the late Middle Ages in the German Mark Brandenburg spread widely and became widespread until the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) Franconia grown. In an ampelographic work from the year 1661 also a "Rother greenling" is described.
After the landowner Lambert Joseph von Babo (1790-1862) the name is due to the dark green leaves. The Austrian winemaker Franz Leth (Wagram, Lower Austria) leads this variety in its living "Rebsortenmuseum". According to its description, it provides a "delicate, elegant and annoying white wine with a concentrated bouquet" . After the Ampelographen Andreas Young is the green with the Sauvignon Blanc identical. This also explains why the green was formerly a common Franken name for this variety. The variety Red Greenling should probably Sauvignon Rouge (see Sauvignon Gris ).
Pictures: Ursula Bruehl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)