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Italian wine and grape guide : Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is a white grape variety resulting from a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir and belongs to the group of the so-called "international" varieties, of French origin, but widely cultivated around the world.

In Italy the Pinot Grigio has been widely cultivated in the north east of the country, with mass production in Veneto, and for many years has been one of the most popular Italian wines abroad, however, due to poor quality wines, wine drinkers lost interest in the grape and wine. Recently a new appellation called Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC has been created with the aim of bringing the wine to its former glory.

If Veneto is the most important region for the grape in terms of quantity, the best Pinot grigio wines are made from grape grown in Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino Alto Adige, where it produces great wines, with elegance and structure. The Pinot grigio grape natural color is copper but the wine is often made white but if vinified in contact with the skins it takes up its orange color.

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