Pinot Gris originates from Burgundy, but is today cultivated primarily in Italy and Alsace. Pinot Gris is also grown in Germany under the name of Grauburgunder and Rülander. It is also found in Eastern Europe.
Pinot Gris generally produces a round and full-bodied wine, with moderate acidity, and a pleasant aftertaste length. The wines are often reminiscent of Chardonnay, with some of Chardonnay's slightly neutral fruity character. Sweet flowers, peaches, and some spice in the character are common in editions where the grapes have become properly ripe.
The Italians prefer their Pinot Grigio fresh and light. Therefore, they harvest the grape earlier than is common in Alsace. Two distinctive style differences occur: fresh and light Italian Pinot Grigio, and rich and powerfull Pinot Gris.
The Italian Pinot Grigio is suitable for fish and light chicken dishes.
In Alsace, Pinot Gris often replaces red wine and is used (especially if developed) for white meat dishes such as chicken and pig, and also for goose liver.
Pinot Gris from France (Alsace) and Pinot Grigio from Italy use the same grape.
But the Alsatian version is more fruity with more aroma and sweetness.
Pinot Grigio is a light and dry Italian white wine.
Refreshing as a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day
Grauburgunder and Ruländer are German names for Pinot Gris.
Grauburgunder was brought from Burgundy to Austria in the 13th or 14th century by Cistercian monks.
Pinot Gris from USA is a combination of Alsacian Pinot Gris and Italian Pinot Grigio.
In 2007, Pinit Gris overtook Riesling as the third most planted white grape after Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Australian Pinot Gris can be labeled Pinot Gris (French Type) or Pinot Grigio (Italian Type), depending on the sweetness / dryness of the wine.