Pinot Grigio (Gris) Grape Variety
Pinot Gris is a white wine grape variety that is the widest-cultivated mid-coloured grape in the world. The finest examples of wine made from this grape come from the Alsace region in France, where it produces succulent, rich and spicy wines of great complexity. Other great examples of this style of Pinot Gris can be found from New Zealand and Australia, amongst others.
In north-east Italy a different approach is taken with the Pinot Gris grape where it is known as Pinot Grigio. The grapes tend to be harvested early to retain acidity and avoid the development of too much fruit. The resulting wines are generally light and more neutral in character with crisp acidity. This popular, light and crisp style is increasingly being copied in many New World wine regions.