Colour: pinkish grey to bluish grey. Sometimes you can find Pinot gris with 3 colours: black, pink and yellow on the same grape.
Frequency: Fairly well-planted worldwide, 14000 ha area planted.
Synonym(s): It has various synonyms such as “Pinot beurot”, “Gris Cordelier”, or “Malvoisie” in France. In Germany, it is known as “Rulander”.
Origin: Burgundy (France) – discovered in the Middle Age, it then spreaded towards Switzerland.
Maturity: 1st period
Sensitivity to diseases: this grape variety is sensitive to powdery mildew and grey rot.
Area(s) Cultivated: clay soils, moderate temperature.
France → Alsace, Loire Valley, Burgundy
Europe → Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands
Worldwide → Russia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, USA
Type of Wines Profile(s) – It produces golden yellow dry wine, and sometimes sweet wine when late harvested. Note of fruit and good acidity depending the terroir it has been cultivated in.
Facts and tips:
- It was sometime called “Tokay” until the Hungarian Government filed a protection claim… Since 2007 only those wines made in Hungary can use the term ‘Tokay’ for their Tokaj wines.