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Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris is a grey or pink-skinned white wine grape which is native to Burgundy and one of the clones of Pinot Noir. Pinot Gris has naturally low acid and high sugar, therefore it needs more cool climate regions like the one in Alsace and Northern Italy named under the more popular name Pinot Grigio. Common characteristics of the grape are pears, apples, stonefruit, tropical fruit, sweet spices and even a hint of smoke, although the styles vary greatly. One of the best examples can be found in Baden and Pfalz region of Germany under the name Grauburgunder as well as in Alsace is rewarded Grand Cru status and produces the noble, sweet wine Selection de Grains Nobles. It gives some very powerful wines from Wachau in Austria. Undoubtedly the most famous expression of the grape comes from Alto Adige-Südtirol where it gives light, crisp, floral and mineral wines perfect for the summer. Outside Europe, the grape has found a home in Oregon, California and New Zealand.

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