Pinot Grigio is one of the best known Italian white wine grapes.
It was introduced to Italy in the mid 19th century and embraced by north-eastern regions, spanning Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Slovenia.
The origin of this grape is in France, where it is called Pinot Gris. It is in fact a clone of Pinot Noir and has grayish-blue fruit.
Italian Pinot Grigio hasn’t always been made in the untinted fashion that is most sold today.
That actually started in the ‘60 of last century, when this style became one of Italy’s biggest wine exports.
The traditional, old way would be when Pinot Grigio grapes are pressed and the skins are allowed to spend some time with the juice and that is when a miracle happens.
Skin contact does wonders by adding a new dimension to the wine, where a teasing, tactile texture and coppery hue results in a distinct wine style called ramato.
It comes from the Italian word ‘rame’, meaning copper.
After such a vibrant and appealing look the aromatic profile will surprise with ripe red berry aroma often dominated by dry white fruit and hay.
The palate is mainly soft and creamy, featuring an oily texture on a crisp tanic background with good acidity.
Of course every winemaker and every vintage will have its own beat.
We offer a small cross section on our tasting, Pinot Grigio from France, Italy, Serbia and Slovenia.