Chasselas de Fontainebleau is perhaps the oldest known cultivated grape variety. It probably originated in Asia Minor. Some think that the Phoenicians were responsible for transporting it from the Mediterranean into Spain, across the Rhône Valley of southern France and into Italy. Chasselas is quite widespread in Switzerland, where it is planted in almost half of the vineyards. It is also grown in Austria, Germany, and Italy, in Australia and New Zealand.