Crisp, fresh, easy-drinking Pinot Grigio has experienced a phenomenal rise in popularity with wine consumers worldwide in recent years. While quality can vary, much of this inexpensive Pinot Grigio originates in north-east Italy’s Veneto region, yet the Pinot Grigio grape – or Pinot Gris as it is known in France – is produced in many more wine regions and in a range of tempting styles.
Still in Italy’s north-east, the Alto Adige and Friuli wine regions are worth seeking out for the richness, minerally elegance and crystalline purity of their Pinot Grigio. On the rich clay soils of France’s Alsace wine region it produces deeply-flavoured dry white wines with honeyed, spicy characters, as well as luscious late-harvest sweeties. Fine examples of Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio are also now made in wine regions as diverse as Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.