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Italian wine and grape guide : Pinot Nero

Pinot Nero

The Pinot Noir or Nero grape is considered one of the noblest red grape worldwide (the only possible comparison is with the Nebbiolo) and is another variety that belongs to the so called "international" grapes of French origin, but widely cultivated around the world.

Pinot Nero is a difficult grape to grow and wine to make and it is a challenge for every wine maker with results varying from vintage to vintage and area to area. The Pinot Nero is a grape variety very sensitive to the terroir, for which you get a lot of different interpretations depending on where the grapes are grown and the land and soil characteristics and for all these reasons, the Pinot Nero is, for consumers and professionals alike, when well made, a joy to drink wine and because of its quality has created some of the greatest red wines in the world.

Pinot Noir or Nero is also widely used in classic method sparkling wines, from Champagne to Franciacorta, a DOCG Italian classic method sparkling wine made in Lombardy, and has produced outstanding sparkling wines proving itself a very versatile grape. In Italy the grape is cultivated in the north, mainly in Trentino Alto Adige with isolated winemakers in other regions as south as Tuscany and there are some seriously good Pinot Nero still wines being made.