Gutedel has been grown for 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest cultivated grape varieties in the world. It is presumed to have originated in Palestine. Its advent in Germany dates from the early 17th century, where it was originally planted in Württemberg and Franken; a century later, in Sachsen and south of Baden in today's Markgräflerland district.
White (and red) Gutedel is cultivated as a tasty table grape all over the world. In Germany, plantings are now concentrated almost exclusively in Markgräflerland between Freiburg and the Swiss border, where 1,100 hectacres of the total 1,140 hectacres are located. Here, the southern Baden specialty has maintained its vineyard area for decades.