Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio Wine
Learn about Pinot Gris (also known as Pinot Grigio or Grauburgunder)— taste profile, popular regions and more ...
Showing a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness, this “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot Noir. The grape boasts two versions of its name, as well as two generally distinct styles. In Italy, Pinot Grigio achieves most success in the mountainous regions of Trentino and Alto Adige as well as in the neighboring Friuli—all in Italy’s northeast. France's Alsace and Oregon's Willamette Valley produce some of the world's most well-regarded Pinot Gris wine. California produces both styles with success.
Where Does Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio Come From?
Pinot Gris is originally from France, and it is technically not a variety but a clone of Pinot Noir. In Italy it’s called Pinot Grigio (Italian for gray), and it is widely planted in northern and NE Italy. Pinot Gris is also grown around the globe, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand. No matter where it’s made or what it’s called, Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio produces many exciting styles.
Tasting Notes for Pinot Grigio
Pinot Grigio is a dry, white wine naturally low in acidity. Pinot Grigio wines showcase signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear and almond. Alsatian styles are refreshing, expressive, aromatic (think rose and honey), smooth, full-bodied and richly textured and sometimes relatively higher in alcohol compared to their Italian counterpart. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is often light and charming. The focus here is usually to produce a crisp, refreshing, lighter style of wine. While there are regional differences of Pinot Grigio, the typical profile includes lemon, lime and subtle minerality.
Pinot Grigio Food Pairings
The viscosity of a typical Alsatian Pinot Gris allows it to fit in harmoniously with the region's rich foods like pork, charcuterie and foie gras. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its citrusy freshness, works well as an aperitif wine or with seafood and subtle chicken dishes.
Given the pinkish color of its berries and aromatic potential if cared for to fully ripen, the Pinot Grigio variety is actually one that is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made in the red wine method, i.e. with fermentation on its skins. This process leads to a wine with more ephemeral aromas, complexity on the palate and a pleasant, light orange hue.
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Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2021Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Four Graces Pinot Gris 2021Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Kris Pinot Grigio 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Willm Pinot Gris Reserve 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Santa Cristina by Antinori Pinot Grigio 2021Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
Alois Lageder Terra Alpina Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Tiamo Pinot Grigio 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
Mirassou Pinot Grigio 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from California
Cantina Gabriele Pinot Grigio (OU Kosher) 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from Lazio, Italy
Portlandia Winery Pinot Gris 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from Oregon
Tommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio 2021Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
Oyster Bay Pinot Gris 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Santa Julia Plus Pinot Grigio 2021Pinot Gris/Grigio from Mendoza, Argentina
Rainstorm Pinot Gris 2021Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Donini Pinot Grigio 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
Kettmeir Pinot Grigio 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Acrobat Pinot Gris 2021Pinot Gris/Grigio from Oregon
Firesteed Pinot Gris 2019Pinot Gris/Grigio from Oregon
Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Pinot Gris 2018Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alsace, France
Maysara Arsheen Pinot Gris 2019Pinot Gris/Grigio from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
ViNO Pinot Grigio 2020Pinot Gris/Grigio from Columbia Valley, Washington
Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2021Pinot Gris/Grigio from South Australia, Australia
Folonari Pinot Grigio 2021Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
Villa Wolf Pfalz Pinot Gris 2021Pinot Gris/Grigio from Pfalz, Germany