As you have probably noticed until now, we did not have any pinot grigio despite the wine popularity. From our beginnings, we never followed the trends, it took us years to find a great appassimento wine. We always wanted to find a Pinot grigio that was different, a wine not only pleasant to drink but a wine with dept, structure, elegant, a wine different from the other pinot grigios.
Pinot grigio prices vary from £4 to over £30 with thousands in between so it is its quality, from tasteless, flavourless to great, complex white wines, still the label would only say “Pinot Grigio”. In the last few years we have tasted hundreds of them, from Pinot grigio delle venezie
, and if you follow my blog you know what my opinion on Italian appellations is, to wines outside the appellation region and unfortunately we could not find any.
When we decide to add a new wine, or any other product, to our range, we want to be excited about it, we are not looking for an ok, drinkable, wine, the wine has to be fantastic, we have to really love it. Adding a pinot grigio because it sells, it is just not us. For us is about finding the perfect match, find a great wine and winery we can work with, we want to work with wineries that think like us, that share our philosophy, small, independent wineries - we want to be able to talk to the owner, the winemaker.
And after several years without a Pinot Grigio, when looking for other wines to add, we were looking for Pinot Nero - another wine we love - we stumbled into these two great wineries and wines. We could have added only one but despite coming from the same region, the wines could not be more different. You will notice that none of them belong to the “delle Venezie” DOC appellation and are from Trentino Alto Adige.
We always believed that the best Italian Pinot Grigio come from either Trentino Alto Adige or Friuli Venezia Giulia, these are the regions for wines with dept, structure, elegance. Pinot grigio grapes grown at altitude give the wine a lot more. We really love both wines and we apologies if it took us that long to finally add a Pinot grigio
, but we hope that now that we have, you will agree with us that it was worth the wait.