Thirty grapes in thirty days: Pinot Grigio

Our grape of the day is the Pinot Grigio, a varietal that is rapidly growing in popularity for consumers and growers alike! Whilst most people are aware that this is a white wine, the varietal is actually a red grape! It is famously grown in northern Italy but in recent years Pinot Grigio has expanded to many different countries and regions all over the world. Sometimes just with a different name.

Pinot Gris is a form of Pinot Grigio, originally grown in Alsace. Pinot Gris is a much darker skinned grape and is one of the darkest-skinned grapes around today that produces white wine. Whilst they are the same grape the style of both changes dependent on the region in which the grape is made. For example Pinot Gris made is Alsace will be often be sweeter and carry a rich palate filled with spice and tropical fruit aromas. However, in Australia where the grape is sometimes blended, the palate is tight and elegant with hints of lemongrass and fresh ginger. Our Rude Mechanicals Ephemera is a great example of Australian Pinot Gris at it’s finest! Plus the bottle looks great!

Not interested in ageing your wine? Then Pinot Grigio is the best wine for you.
The grape matures quickly in comparison to other varietals and it is typically one of the first grapes to be harvested. The ripe fruity flavours and balanced acidity means it is best enjoyed young.

Pinot Grigio is usually a beautiful straw yellow in colour with light copper hues. The bouquet is filled with white flower, apple and citrus notes with a clean, crisp and lemony acidity on the palate. Our food recommendations for a top Pinot Grigio would be baked fish or fresh cold meats. Sharing platters work great so grab your raclette and get those creative juices flowing!


by Rebekah Hilton

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