Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

Pinot Grigio, also known as Pinot Gris, is a well-loved and versatile white grape variety that thrives in vineyards worldwide. Originating from the vineyards of France, and precisely from the Burgundy region, the grape was popularised globally through the Italian naming convention, Pinot Grigio, and it is now extensively cultivated in Italy, as well as in Australia, California, and Oregon.

Notably, the grape acquires its name from its distinctive greyish-blue hue— 'pinot gris' translates to 'grey pinot', taking its reference from the French word 'gris', meaning grey. This unique colouring sets it apart from other grape varieties that are usually seen in shades of yellow and green.

The Pinot Grigio grape is appreciated for its ability to produce crisp, refreshing wines which are delicate to the palate. Characterised by a high level of acidity and lower sugar levels, this variety yields wines with vibrant citrus and green apple flavours, often with subtle notes of peach, honey and spice. The body and richness can vary significantly depending upon the region and vinification method, with the Italian styles being typically lighter, drier and crisp, and the French Alsatian style exhibiting a richer and more honeyed character with excellent aging potential.

Thriving best in cool climates, Pinot Grigio grapes are renowned for their early ripening and ability to adapt to a variety of soil types. However, to maintain the acidity crucial to its characteristically crisp and refreshing profile, vineyard locations must be judiciously chosen.

Apart from making still wines, Pinot Grigio grapes are also used to produce sparkling wines and decadent dessert wines. Consequently, many appreciate this adaptable grape for its ability to offer a wide variety in style and flavour, making it one of the most popular white wine choices worldwide.

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