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 grape is widely cultivated in the north east of the country, with mainly mass production with exceptions in Veneto, and if the latter 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, especially the Collio area, and Trentino Alto Adige, where it produces great wines, with elegance and structure.
For many years Pinot grigio has been one of the most popular Italian wines abroad, however, due to poor quality wines, it has lost interest and market share. Recently a new appellation called Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC has been created with the aim of bringing the wine to its former glory.
The Pinot grigio grape natural color is copper and the wine is often made white, but if vinified in contact with the skins it takes up its onion skin color.