Pinot Blanc is a light-skinned white wine grape variety with origins in France, possibly in Alsace and the studies show that the grape is a mutation of Pinot Noir, so it might be Burgundy. The varietal produces medium to full-bodied wines with high acidity and characteristics of apple, citrus, nuts and a bit of smoke. One of the best expression of Pinot Blanc is found in Alsace, producing a fresh and slightly spicy style of wine and as well it is one of the main grapes in the sparkling Crémant d'Alsace. It is one of the permitted grapes for Champagne making, but it is rarely used. Outside France, it finds home in northern Italy, precisely in Franciacorta for production of the famous sparkling wines, Alto Adige-Süd Tirol and Trentino where is called Pinot Bianco. Another name for the grape is Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria where it also thrives. It as well, planted in the United States, Canada where is often used for icewine, Argentina and Uruguay.