What is Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio, a true classic in the world of white wines. This grape variety, also known as Pinot Gris in certain regions, hails from the Burgundy region of France and has since made a name for itself in countries such as Italy, Austria, Germany and California. The name “grigio” meaning grey in Italian, refers to the grape’s unique greyish-blue hue.

When it comes to the taste, one can expect a light-bodied wine with a refreshing acidity and notes of citrus, apple and pear. It’s particularly popular in the northeastern regions of Italy, such as Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. It also makes a great sparkling wine and is often used as a blending component in some red wines. A versatile variety that’s sure to please any palate.

How to pronounce Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is pronounced as “pee-noh gree-joh”.

What is Pinot Grigio also known as

Pinot Grigio is also known as Pinot Gris in France and some other countries. It may also be referred to as Ruländer in Germany, Grauburgunder in Austria, and Pinot Gris in Alsace, and Tokay d’Alsace in France. Some other names for this grape variety include Szürkebarát in Hungary, it also goes by the name of Pinot Gris in California, New Zealand and Australia.

What does Pinot Grigio taste like

Taste profile

Acidiy Medium Plus, Alcohol Medium, Body Medium Minus, 

Primary Flavours

White Peach, Lemon Zest, Cantalope, Raw Almond, Crushed gravel

Storage & Handling

White wine, such as Pinot Grigio, should be stored in a cool, dark place, preferably in a cellar, at a temperature between 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit. The wine should be kept in a white wine glass and should be chilled before serving, ideally between 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit. When storing, it should be kept on its side, to keep the cork moist, and prevent air from entering the bottle. It is best consumed within 1-5 years if stored properly, and no decanting is necessary before serving.

Food Pairing

What do you pair with Pinot Grigio

This white wine has a light body, and a crisp acidity that makes it the perfect complement to seafood dishes. The minerality of the wine pairs well with the flavors of grilled fish, shellfish, and sushi.

Pinot Grigio is also an excellent choice to pair with lighter meats, such as grilled chicken or pork tenderloin. The wine’s acidity and light body make it a great match for these dishes.

For those who prefer a more vegetal pairing, Pinot Grigio’s acidity and lightness also complement fresh, crisp salads and a variety of steamed, roasted or grilled vegetables. The wine’s acidity can also balance out the heat in spicy dishes, such as Thai or Indian cuisine.

Additionally, the wine’s acidity can be a great pairing with soft, buttery cheeses like Brie, Camembert and goat cheese. And last but not least, the lightness and acidity of Pinot Grigio can be a perfect match with the wide array of flavors and spices in Asian cuisine, such as Chinese and Japanese dishes.

Keep in mind, the specific food pairing can be influenced by the style of the Pinot Grigio, some versions are more full-bodied and rich, while others are more crisp and acidic, so it is important to take that into account when selecting a bottle.

Where is Pinot Grigio grown?

When it comes to Pinot Grigio, one can find it grown in various regions around the world, each imparting its own unique characteristics to the wine. Originating in the Burgundy region of France, this versatile grape variety has made a name for itself in many wine producing countries.

In Italy, it’s particularly popular in the northeastern regions such as Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, where the wine tends to be light and crisp with high acidity.

In Austria, Germany and California, the wine tends to be richer and more full-bodied. Pinot Grigio is also grown in other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, each imparting its own unique terroir and climate to the wine.

It’s a grape variety that adapts well to different growing conditions and climates, making it a versatile choice for any wine lover.