The grape Pinot Blanc or Pinot Bianco is, in all probability, a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio. It is part of the so-called "international" grapes , of French origin, but widely cultivated around the world and in Italy the Pinot Bianco grape goes back to the 800 and has spread in a wide range of regions, from Sicily to Friuli Venezia Giulia, and used in many wine appellations, but the best examples come from Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino Alto Adige.
It is a very early ripe grape variety and this makes it suitable for cultivation in regions considered "extreme " for viticulture, for example Alsace in France and Germany.
The Pinot Bianco grape produces medium to full bodied wines, elegant wines, with good acidity and responds well to oak aging. The Pinot Bianco grape is also used in the production of classic method sparkling wines, most notably the Franciacorta, together with Pinot Nero and Chardonnay