Although the name literally means “black Riesling,” Schwarzriesling is not at all related to the Riesling, but rather, it is an earlier-ripening mutation of the Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir).

The wines are deep in color, but generally lack the complexity of Spätburgunder. It is frequently referred to by its synonym, Müllerrebe, and in France it is known as the Pinot Meunier. It is grown primarily in Württemberg.