Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris (France), Pinot Grigio (Italy) and Grauburgunder (Germany) are one and the same, but just to keep it simple, for the rest of this collection we will mostly call it Pinot Grigio. The quality potential of Pinot Grigio is high and yet the accessibility is fantastic with such an easy drinking style about it. It is notable in that it is a light-skinned mutation of Pinot Noir so shares its DNA. This mutation has not just occurred in one place and has been witnessed in Burgundy, Rhineland-Pfalz and Baden-Würtemberg.
Pinot Grigio is grown throughout the world with a wide variety of styles and quality levels. In France, especially Alsace, there is a lot of Pinot Gris where it is capable of creating beautiful wines with luscious ripe stone fruit flavours, and it can develop lovely tertiary characteristics as it ages.
In Italy as Pinot Grigio it produces the wines that in the first decade of the 2000s were the most popular Global style. These wines are still highly sought today and rightly so, they carry a fresh, simple, easy-drinking charm that makes the world of wine so much more accessible to a wider range of people. In the far North East of Italy in Friuli, Pinot Grigio makes some particularly exciting wines that stand out amongst the best on offer.
There are significant plantings in The USA, Australia, New Zealand and far less significant plantings in South Africa, Chile, Argentina and Eastern Europe.
Food Matches for Pinot Grigio
Seafood, mainly white fish, pairs nicely with crisp fresh dry Pinot Grigio, as do creamy pasta dishes like carbonara. Risottos are also good combined with a glass or two of this wine. Try seafood or green vegetable risottos such as Pea or Asparagus.
It is also fair to say that you should never rule out a Cheese Board or Antipasti platter especially in Dundee's top Waterfront Venue - The Wine Press.
Pinot Gris from Alsace is often more full bodied than the Pinot Grigio of Italy and works with slightly richer foods as a result. Smoky items such as cheese pair well, so a posh Macaroni Cheese made with some smoked cheddar or a smoked ham sandwich on proper baker's bread would be two simple options.
Pinot Grigio is another grape that takes well to an off-dry style with some residual sugar in late harvest versions. These wines are great with a bit of spice and really compliment Thai food.
Discover our Pinot Grigio Collection
Discover our range of wines made from Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris or Grauburgunder, we're certain you will find a few you will like.
If you're looking for a particular wine, please reach out to our team who'll be happy to help. Alternatively you can always explore our Wine Discovery Guide or Wine Collections for some inspiration.