Pinot Gris is white wine grape varietal. The best-known 'white' variant-clone of the Pinot Noir grape. It normally has a grayish-blue hue to the skin, accounting for its name ('gris' meaning 'grey' in French) but the grape can have a brownish pink to blue and even white appearance. The word 'Pinot', means 'pine cone' in French, could have used because the grapes grow in small pine-cone shaped clusters. The wines produced from this grape also vary in colour from a deep golden yellow to copper and even a light shade of pink. The clone of Pinot Gris grown in Italy is known as Pinot Grigio.
Pinot Gris is amajor grape varietal in Alsace (north-east France) - with the wines produced here, being markedly different from Pinot Gris wine styles found elsewhere.


The cool climate of Alsace and warm volcanic soils are particularly well suited for Pinot Gris. With its dry autumns allowing plenty of time for the grapes to hang on the vines, often resulting in wines of engaging generous flavours.
Italy - Pinot Grigio is a popular varietal in north-eastern Italy - in regions such as Friuli-Venezia Giulia. In Italy, where the grape is known as Pinot Grigio, plantings can be found in the Lombardy region and in Alto Adige, Italy's northern most wine region - and producing dry, lighter style expressions, designed to pair with their local cuisine.
Wines made from the Pinot Gris vary greatly and reflect the regional cuisine and winemaking style. Alsatian Pinot Gris are medium to full bodied wines with a rich, floral bouquet. They tend to be spicy in comparisons with other Pinot Gris. While most Pinot Gris wines are crafted to be enjoyed early, Alsatian Pinot Gris can age. German Pinot Gris (aka: Grauburgunder or Ruländer) can be more full-bodied with a good balance of acidity and slight sweet note.
The Pinot Grigio style of Italy is a light-bodied, often a lean wine that is light in colour with citrus, pip-fruit flavours that can be crisp with natural acidity. The style(s) from different wine regions in New Zealand are still to define a unique character. But wines can have a rich, tropical fruit-forward character (with residual sugar retained for early drinking), and with hints of Lychee and Nashi Pear on the palate - enjoy.