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Whether Pinot Gris or Ruländer - the main thing is Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris has its origins in - you guessed it - Burgundy. With its fresh and sparkling character, it steals into the glasses and hearts of gourmets. From Germany, Italy and France to overseas. The widespread, fresh and low-acid white wine is an excellent companion for many occasions and dishes. It makes every day special and leaves the palate wanting more.
Pinot Gris originated a long time ago from a mutation of Pinot Noir that took place in the heights of the vineyards of Burgundy. To this day, Pinot Gris has retained the reddish grapes with a slight gray tinge. But much has changed since then. Pinot Gris, as Pinot Gris is known in France, is no longer cultivated in Burgundy. Today, the leading region for Pinot Gris is Alsace, where fine and flowery white wines from France are produced. The grape variety experienced a strong upswing in Italy around 1980. The reddish grape developed into a trendy white wine under the name Pinot Grigio. And in Austria, the wine is known as Ruländer to wet thirsty throats. In Germany, too, the image of the wine has changed from that of a "Zechwein" to that of a high-quality, elegant white wine for smug celebrations.
Pinot Gris - the taste of a well-traveled wine
As diverse as the colors of the Burgundy grape, Pinot Gris has enormous potential for rosé wines, orange wines and white wines in all flavors. From dry to noble sweet to sweet. When a Pinot Gris is poured, the white wine shines pale yellow to amber-colored with full power in the glass. Low in acidity and quite high in alcohol, at around 13% vol., the full-bodied Pinot Gris wine expresses itself with accents of apples, pears, nuts, citrus and sometimes exotic fruits such as mango and grapefruit. A fresh, fruity delicacy for the nose and palate - easy to drink, easy to enjoy.
Origin of Pinot Gris
Originally from Burgundy, it was the Cistercian monks who exported the grapes from France to Austria and Hungary. The wine was drunk, loved and yet forgotten again. It was not until the grocer Johann Seger Ruland rediscovered Pinot Gris in an overgrown garden during his travels. He spread the fine grapes throughout Germany. To this day, the grape variety is also known as Ruländer, especially in Austria. In Germany, the term Ruländer refers to a heavy, sweet wine.
It took some time for Pinot Gris to establish itself as one of the most important grape varieties for Italian white wine. This position has not changed to this day. Only the quality has fluctuated from delicious white wine to almost undrinkable mass-produced wine and back again. A development that German white wine made from the Pinot Gris grape did not succumb to. On the contrary, the reputation of Pinot Gris changed from table wine to quality wine thanks to young winegrowers with fresh ideas. Today, significant areas of Pinot Gris white wine are cultivated in Baden, Rheinhessen and the Palatinate in particular.
Pinot Gris in different regions
Pinot Gris, also known as Pinot Grigio, has undergone an impressive development in various wine regions. In addition to Germany, Italy and France, the grape variety has also gained a firm foothold overseas. Each region lends Pinot Gris its own characteristic nuances and thus shapes the diversity of this wine.
Germany: From a toast wine to a high-quality white wine
In Germany, the image of Pinot Gris has changed considerably over time. What was once considered a simple "Zechwein" has become a high-quality and elegant white wine for sophisticated festivities thanks to the commitment of young winegrowers with fresh ideas. Today, the regions of Baden, Rheinhessen and the Palatinate in particular are home to significant areas of Pinot Gris vineyards.
France: From Burgundy to Alsace
Originally native to Burgundy, Pinot Gris is no longer cultivated there today. Instead, Alsace has taken the lead and produces fine and flowery white wines under the name Pinot Gris. This region shapes the fresh and sparkling character of the wine in its own way.
Italy: The rise of Pinot Grigio
In the 1980s, Pinot Gris experienced a strong upswing in Italy, particularly under the name Pinot Grigio. The reddish grape developed into a trendy white wine that is now appreciated worldwide. The variety ranges from dry to noble sweet to sweet, and the Italian Pinot Grigio wines present themselves with accents of apples, pears and exotic fruits.
Our VINELLO recommendation
Pinot Gris MP dry - Markus Pfaffmann
An example of the new German understanding of Pinot Gris. The Grauburgunder MP dry from Markus Pfaffmann. With youthfully lively ripe fruit in the body and elegant aromas of pear, apple and mirabelle plum on the nose. This Pinot Gris white wine from the Palatinate is balanced between freshness and minerality. A wine for a sunny Sunday under the parasol.
Pinot Gris day after day - Frankhof Weinkontor
Uncomplicated and accessible - the Tag für Tag Pinot Gris from Frankhof Weinkontor is a wine for every day. This authentic wine by the glass shows its typical varietal character particularly well with poultry, fish and leafy salads. However, it is also recommended as a soloist thanks to its full-bodied taste and fruity finish. Day after day.
Buy Pinot Gris online at a reasonable price
No matter what you call Pinot Gris, the result is always a fine, light and low-acid white wine of the highest quality. A Pinot Gris sometimes tastes like Ruländer and a Pinot Gris like Pinot Grigio. Buy your favorites online and discover the wide world of wines and spirits at VINELLO. We deliver your liquid pleasure wherever you want via insured and climate-neutral shipping. Because enjoyment cannot arrive safely enough - we make sure of that. Buy Pinot Gris cheaply online and enjoy it locally at home. With VINELLO - your wine shop for all kinds of tasty synonyms.
Things to know about Grauburgunder
What is Pinot Gris? Pinot Gris, known as Pinot Grigio in Italy, Pinot Gris in France and Ruländer in Austria, is a grape variety from which white wine is made, despite the reddish color of the grapes. Although rosé can also be made from this grape variety, the typical Pinot Gris is a dry white wine with low acidity and around 13% alcohol by volume.
What goes well with Pinot Gris? Pinot Gris harmonizes with seafood, fish, pasta, asparagus and desserts. If aged in barriques, it can also be enjoyed with lamb and game.
What is the ideal drinking temperature for Pinot Gris? The optimum drinking temperature for Pinot Gris is between 8 and 11°C.
How do you store Pinot Gris? Pinot Gris should be drunk young and stored for no longer than 3 years. This should be done in a dark, dry and cool place.
How long does an open bottle of Pinot Gris keep? An almost full bottle of Pinot Gris will keep for up to 5 days if sealed with a cork and stored upright in the fridge. The less content there is in the bottle, the shorter the shelf life of the white wine. Once the bottle is half full, the wine will keep for another 3 days.
Where can I buy Pinot Gris? Pinot Gris wines are available from well-stocked specialist retailers or online, e.g. at VINELLO.
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