Have you ever found yourself wondering, what’s the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris?
THE ANSWER IS THATPINOT GRIGIO AND PINOT GRIS
ARE IN FACT THE EXACT SAME GRAPE VARIETY!
Then why do wine labels differ?🤨
The short answer is that Italian wine labels will identify the grape as Pinot Grigio, whereas French wine labels will refer to the grape as Pinot Gris. While French in origin, it is really the Italians that we have to thank for bringing such huge global recognition and fame to the variety.
One thing to note:
While they are the same grape, the two names have come to infer two different styles of wine. The immensely popular Italian Pinot Grigiowines are typically lighter-bodied, crisp, fresh, with vibrant stone fruit and floral aromas. In contrast,Alsace Pinot Griswines are more full-bodied, richer, spicier, and more viscous in texture. They also tend to have greater cellaring and ageing potential.
Are the two wines just from France and Italy?
NO!!! Today Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio grapes are planted all over the world in almost every wine-growing region. Try a bottle from California, Oregon, Austria, New Zealand or Australia!
What are the best things to eat with these wines?
Pinot Grigio is better suited as an apéritif or to be enjoyed with
lighter dishes such grilled prawns or fresh seafood.
In contrast, the richness of many Pinot Gris styles enables them to work with heartier fare, such as a veal chop, rabbit stew, roast port, chicken casseroles as well as hard cheeses.
The grapes are harvested by hand from vineyards in both Canneto Pavese and the adjacent commune of Castana. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel at a low temperature and the wine is bottled at the end of winter to capture its freshness. Verdi’s Pinot Grigio is a fine, elegant wine of great balance and relatively low alcohol (11.5%).
This is a family owned estate with 28 ha of vines in the Dolegna district of Collio. Established in 1930 when Daniele Venica purchased Ronco del Cero. Today the winery is one of Friuli's most well known and respected estates.
Eyrie pioneered the variety in the New World and the New World’s oldest vines contribute to this cuvée. We take a slow approach—our Pinot gris ages 3-4 times longer than most commercial versions, on its natural yeast lees and in the company of full malolactic. The result is textural suppleness to complement the acidity, and a surprising ability to age. (Recent tastings of 1977, 1983, 1989, and 1991 all continue to show amazing freshness.