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Pinot Grigio - gray on the vine, shiny golden yellow in the glass
Pinot Grigio satisfies our longing for the south.
The export star from the north of Italy is actually anything but gray. It brings color and even more character to the day.
Dry, fruity and, depending on the location, also full of floral notes and mineral hints. From the Mediterranean-influenced vineyards in Veneto to the pre-alpine terrain of South Tyrol, Pinot Grigio thrives. Spoiled by the sun and buffeted by Mediterranean winds. When fully ripe, the grape variety presents itself as a fruit bomb and low-acid companion for dignified summer evenings and light meals.
A all-rounder among Italian white wines, which skillfully sets itself apart from its global counterparts.
Pinot Grigio - many names, one top wine
Pinot Grigio has many synonyms and even more hectares of vineyards around the world:
Pinot Gris is its name in France,
Pinot Gris in France, Pinot Gris or Pinot Gris in Germany,
Ruländer in rural areas of Austria.
The grape variety Pinot Grigio is quite frugal. As long as it is not too cold or too warm and the soils are rich in loess and stones, Pinot Grigio produces good yields. The growing regions of Friuli and Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy and Trentino-Alto Adige offer these conditions in perfection.
With the benevolence of the winegrower in the winery and winemaker, the best Pinot Grigio wines are produced, which clearly stand out from the mass product. Regardless of whether they are matured in steel tanks or wooden barrels. Good, inexpensive Italian white wine does not have to be called Lugana.
Origin and rise of Pinot Grigio
Italian winegrowers have long taken the Pinot Grigio to their hearts, especially in the north of the country. As a mutation of Pinot Noir, the grayish grapes have been dangling for decades in the Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige.
The mild climate, buffeted by mid-Mer winds, suits the frugal vines well. However, this is by no means the origin of Pinot Grigio. The various names give a clue. In France, the grape variety is called Pinot Gris, in Germany Pinot Gris and in Austria Ruländer. And it is thought to have originated in Burgundy, although today few vineyards are planted with Pinot Grigio. Alsace is the leader in France in this respect, as Pinot Gris thrives here on almost 166,000 hectares.
Around 8,000 hectares are under vines in Trentino-Alto Adige, 616 hectares of which are dedicated to the multi-faceted Pinot Grigio. The mountainous terrain from Bolzano to the alluvial plain south of Trento offers a varied terroir. In addition to Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignons and Gewürztraminer also provide a good basis.
In the glass, the Alto Adige Pinot Grigio wines impress with a floral bouquet and a fruity taste on the palate. Meadow flowers, apples and a whole basket of fruit are waiting to be discovered. Mature wines also offer creamy notes of honey and almonds. Pinot Grigio from South Tyrol is very rich in extract. It has a high alcohol content and is a brilliant accompaniment to hearty South Tyrolean cuisine. So when it comes to the next snack with speck, game and mature cheese, Pinot Grigio is not far away.
Friuli Venezia Giulia
The approximately 19,000 hectares of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine-growing region are considered some of the best for Italian white wine. Pinot Grigio plays a not inconsiderable part in this. Thanks to major investments in state-of-the-art cellar technology, Pinot Grigio white wine from the north of Italy is making a name for itself as the number 1. The international grape variety shows its best side here, with its fruity and well-structured character and strong minerality. This is not particularly surprising, as the vineyards are protected from winds, frost and precipitation between the Alps and the foothills. The stony soil provides the vines with a permeable and deep foundation, ensuring a constant supply of water and minerals.
The full potential of Pinot Grigio is revealed in the wines of the renowned DOCG Collio and Isonzo DOC regions.
The five best Pinot Grigio wines
Our customers prefer to buy these Pinot Grigio wines:
Whether from South Tyrol, Veneto or the vineyards of the world - the best Pinot Grigio wines can be found here. We have put together a fine selection for you, which you can order conveniently and easily online and enjoy at home. We will also be happy to advise you and find the perfect Pinot Grigio for you.
Open the door to this export hit from Italy and taste the fruit of the north in its golden dress.
Things to know about Pinot Grigio
What is Pinot Grigio? Pinot Grigio is a white grape variety from which dry to sweet white wines are made. It is found in many wine-growing countries, particularly in Italy, France and Germany, although the variety has many synonyms. In Germany it is known as Grauburgunder, in France as Pinot Gris and in Austria as Ruländer.
Which Pinot Grigio for cooking? As with all other wines for cooking, it is important to use a high-quality wine. Depending on the dish, please also consider whether you should use a dry or sweet Pinot Grigio.
What is the best Pinot Grigio wine? No single Pinot Grigio wine can be described as the best. However, you can't go wrong with wines from the well-known DOC regions. Search for DOC Collio or DOC Isonzo, for example, to find the best Pinot Grigio wines.
Is Pinot Grigio a sweet wine? Pinot Grigio is almost exclusively vinified dry in Italy.
What goes well with Pinot Grigio? Pinot Grigio white wine is an excellent accompaniment to Mediterranean dishes such as seafood, fish and pasta. The dry Pinot Grigio wine also cuts a fine figure with asparagus. If the wine is also aged in barriques, it is also recommended with lamb and game dishes.
The ideal drinking temperature for Pinot Grigio wine? The optimum temperature for a Pinot Grigio is between 8 and 11 C.
How long does Pinot Grigio keep? Please do not store Pinot Grigio white wine for longer than 3 years. Once the bottle has been opened, the wine will keep for up to 5 days, depending on how full it is. The more content the bottle has, the longer the white wine will keep. To do this, close the bottle again with a cork or screw cap.
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