Pinot grigio or is it Pinot gris?

***z-below-h2.shtml*** Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are becoming increasingly popular wines in Australia. You could argue that they are no longer alternative varieties, but have become mainstream. This white wine variety is being used in most Australian wine regions, but it is especially suitable in the cooler regions, such as the Mornington Peninsula, Adelaide Hills, Yarra Valley or Tasmania.

Don't be confused by the names

The names Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris mean Grey Pinot in Italian and French respectively. 'Pinot' refers to the characteristic pine cone shaped bunch of this group of varieties.

Other synonyms for this variety include Pinot Burot, Tokay d'Alsace, Tokayer, Malvoise, Gris Cordelier, Klevanjka, Rulander, Fromentot, Grauer Burgunder, Grauer Monch, Szurkebarat

This variety closely is related to Pinot Noir variety and is believed to be a mutation of Pinot Noir. In the vineyard Pinot Grigio vines are often difficult to distinguish from its putative ancestor until the berries ripen when those of the Grigio will have much less pigment.

Other Pinot varieties include Pinot Blanc (Bianco in Italian) which has little or no pigment in the berries, and Pinot Meunier, a red variety used for Champagne and red table wines.

'Pinot Chardonnay' is often on the label of Australian sparkling wines. It indicates a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties were used to make the wine. When Chardonnay was introduced into Australia in the 1980s it was sometimes called, incorrectly, "Pinot Chardonnay"

Pinot Gris around the world

In Europe Pinot grigio is widely planted in France, Italy, Germany and Austria, as well as in dozens of other countries from Canada to Romania to Switzerland to New Zealand Given the inherent variation of this variety and its geographic dispersion it is hardly surprising that a wide range of wine styles are produced from it.

In Alsace under the name of Tokay d'Alsace, it produces a rich, almost oily wine.

In Northern Italy the Pinot Grigio's are light and even spritzig. Under the name of Rulander in Germany it produces wines somewhat similar to white Burgundies

Pinot Gris in Australia

Pinot grigio has attracted serious interest in Australia only over the past two decades. The early Australian champion of variety was Kathleen Quealy of T'Gallant Wines. She has now moved on from that label but not before establishing the variety and guiding it from 'alternative' to mainstream status.

There is still a great deal of experimentation with the variety and it may take several more years before the optimal combination of terroir and winemaking technique emerges. In the meantime some great wines are already available for those who are looking for new experiences.

Both sharper light bodied (grigio) and fuller bodied (gris) styles are made in Australia, but really there is a continuum right across the spectrum. Whether the wine is labelled gris or grigio is a good, but not perfect, guide to what you might expect.

The taste of Pinot gris and Pinot grigio wines

The style varies from lightbodied and fairly straight forward (Pinot grigio) to rich and complex wines (Pinot gris) that are almost overwhelming in their voluptuousness. This is one occasion when reading tasting notes about a particular wine before buying is worthwhile.

Pinot grigio and food

These wines are lighter bodied so they are perfect with fritto misto (mixed fried seafood) or antipasti. In fact this style is versatile enough to go with seafood pasta dishes such as Spaghetti alla Vongole or with tomato and basil based pasta sauces. My Marinated Mushrooms recipe also calls for a crisp wine. Finally if you have some Taramasalata and can't find a Greek wine a Pinot grigio might fill the bill.

Pinot gris and food

These wines are fuller bodied with more honeyed aromas. Think about roast chicken, pork or veal. If you are having chicken live pate as an appetizer perhaps a richer Pinot gris might be a good choice. Seafood dishes in as seafood sauce might go well with this style of wine as well.

Wineries using Pinot Gris/Grigio in Australia

Ada River Gippsland | Adina Vineyard Hunter Valley | Alta Vineyards Adelaide Hills | Amadio Adelaide Hills | Amulet Vineyard Beechworth | Anderson Winery Rutherglen | Angoves Winery Riverland | Angullong Wines Orange | Annapurna Alpine Valleys | Arete Barossa Valley | Artwine Clare Valley | Ashton Hills Adelaide Hills | Austin's Wines Geelong | Baie Wines Geelong | Baillieu Vineyard Mornington Peninsula | Ballast Stone Estate Currency Creek | Banks Road Geelong | Banrock Station Riverland | Barmah Park Wines Mornington Peninsula | Barringwood Park Northern Tasmania | Barrymore Estate Mornington Peninsula | Barwang Hilltops | Basalt Ridge Macedon Ranges | Bass Fine Wines Northern Tasmania | Bass River Gippsland | Battunga Vineyards Adelaide Hills | Bay of Fires Northern Tasmania | Baywiew Estate Winery Mornington Peninsula | Beechworth Wine Estates Beechworth | Beelgara Estate Riverina | Belgravia Vineyards Orange | Bell River Estate Central Ranges Zone | Bella Riva King Valley | Bellarine Estate Geelong | Benarra Wines Mount Gambier | Bendooley Estate Southern Highlands | Bergamin Wines King Valley | Berton Vineyards Riverina | Bests Grampians | Bimbadgen Estate Hunter Valley | BK Wines Adelaide Hills | Blackbilly McLaren Vale | Blackford Stable Wines Adelaide Hills | Bleasdale Langhorne Creek | Blue Metal Vineyard Southern Highlands | Blue Range Estate Mornington Peninsula | Blue Rock Eden Valley | Boat O'Craigo Yarra Valley | Bockman Adelaide Hills | Boggy Creek Vineyards King Valley | Boyntons Feathertop Alpine Valleys | Brammar Estate Yarra Valley | Brandy Creek Wines Gippsland | Brangayne Orange | Brindabella Hills Canberra | Brockenchack Eden Valley | Brokenwood Wines Hunter Valley | Bromley Wines Geelong | Brook Eden Vineyard Northern Tasmania | Brown's Farm Winery Hunter Valley | Brown Magpie Wines Geelong | Buckley's Run Mornington Peninsula | Bulong Estate Yarra Valley | Burnbrae Winery Mudgee | Capanno Southern Highlands | Cape Banks Limestone Coast 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