Pinot Grigio: Your Complete Guide

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Welcome to the world of Pinot Grigio, where summer sipping meets sheer enjoyment in every glass! 

This delightful white wine has earned its place as a beloved favorite among wine enthusiasts around the globe. Renowned for its refreshing and light-bodied nature, Pinot Grigio exudes a timeless charm that effortlessly captures hearts and palates alike. 

Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a novice looking for a wine to relish with ease, Pinot Grigio promises an enchanting experience that leaves everyone enamored. 

Join us as we uncover the allure of this splendid summer wine, perfect for leisurely afternoons and shared moments of celebration. Cheers to the undeniable charm of Pinot Grigio!

Looking for a bottle to drink? Check out our guide to the best Pinot Grigio wines

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio Grapes
Four glasses of Pinot Grigio cheersing over a picnic blanket with watermelon and grapes

Where Does Pinot Grigio Come From?

Pinot Grigio, also known as Pinot Gris, originates from the Burgundy region of France. 

It is believed to have emerged as a genetic mutation of the red grape variety Pinot Noir. The grape’s name, “Pinot Gris,” comes from its grayish-blue skin color, distinguishing it from the traditional red Pinot Noir grape. 

Over time, Pinot Gris spread to other wine regions, including Italy, where it became widely cultivated and is known as “Pinot Grigio.”

Related: What’s the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio?

In France, particularly in the Alsace region, Pinot Gris is highly regarded and produces wines with a more complex and full-bodied profile. Meanwhile, in Italy, Pinot Grigio is celebrated for its light, crisp, and refreshing style, particularly in the northern regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, and Alto Adige.

Today, Pinot Grigio is grown in various wine regions worldwide, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany, among others. Its versatility and ability to thrive in different climates have contributed to its global popularity as a beloved white wine.

Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio tasting notes - lemon, lime, greenapple, peach

Pinot Grigio Taste

Pinot Grigio is a white wine known for its light, refreshing, and easy-to-drink characteristics.

The taste of Pinot Grigio can vary depending on the winemaking style, region, and vintage. However, there are some typical tasting notes associated with this popular white wine:


  • Citrus Fruits: Pinot Grigio often exhibits pronounced citrus notes, such as lemon, lime, grapefruit, and sometimes even hints of orange. These zesty flavors contribute to the wine’s refreshing and lively character.
  • Green Apple: Crisp and tart green apple flavors are a hallmark of many Pinot Grigios. This adds a touch of brightness and a slightly fruity quality to the wine.
  • Pear: Ripe pear flavors are commonly found in Pinot Grigio, providing a subtle sweetness that enhances its overall profile.
  • Stone Fruits: Some Pinot Grigios may display flavors of peach, apricot, or nectarine, adding a delicate touch of stone fruit essence to the wine.
  • Refreshing Acidity: One of the defining characteristics of Pinot Grigio is its vibrant acidity. This refreshing quality gives the wine a bright and crisp taste, making it particularly appealing during warm weather.
  • Light-bodied: Pinot Grigio typically has a light to medium-light body, making it easy to drink and suitable for various occasions.
  • Subtle Mineral Notes: In some cases, you might detect a slight mineral quality in Pinot Grigio, which adds depth and complexity to the wine.
  • Dry Finish: Most Pinot Grigios are dry wines, meaning they have little to no residual sugar after fermentation. This results in a clean and dry finish on the palate.

Overall, Pinot Grigio’s taste is refreshing, light, and approachable, making it a popular choice for casual sipping and a great companion for a wide range of foods. Its versatility and fruit-forward nature have contributed to its widespread appeal among wine enthusiasts around the world.

If you’re looking for varieties similar to each other, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc are often compared. Read more about Sauvignon Blanc vs Pinot Grigio here!

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Pinot Grigio Food Pairings

Pinot Grigio is a versatile white wine that pairs well with a variety of foods. 

Pinot Grigio pairs well with seafood such as grilled fish, shrimp, and scallops, light poultry dishes like roasted chicken or turkey, salads with vinaigrette dressings, vegetable dishes, soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert, and Asian cuisine like sushi or Thai dishes. 

Its crisp and refreshing nature makes it a delightful companion for light and flavorful dishes, allowing the wine’s fruitiness and high acidity to complement the flavors of the food.

Pinot Grigio Fun Facts

  • The “pinot” in grape varietal comes from the French word for “pine cone”, which is a reference to the shape of the grape bunch. Pinot Grigio literally means “grey pine cone”. This is fitting, as the grapes used for Pinot Grigio/Gris have a greyish-blue hue.
  • Pinot Grigio/Gris’s unique grape skin color is thought to be a mutation of the red grape, Pinot Noir.
  • Wines marked as “Pinot Grigio” are typically Italian style (dry, crisp, with citrus aromas and a light body). Wines marked as “Pinot Gris” are French Style, and often come from Alsace.
  • Most Pinot Grigios are meant to be consumed early, and will not withstand cellar times. The exception to this are the Alsatian styles. The residual sugars and perfect balance of acid make many of them cellar-worthy for 5-10 years!
  • Pinot Grigio is Italy’s Pride! Italy is one of the largest producers of Pinot Grigio, especially in regions like Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, and Alto Adige. Italian Pinot Grigios are widely exported and enjoyed around the world.
  • Pinot Grigio Rosé exists! In some regions, winemakers experiment with extended skin contact to create Pinot Grigio rosé wines, displaying a beautiful pink hue and a delicate balance of flavors.
a picture of grape clusters, used for a blog post about winery marketing

When is Pinot Grigio Day?

Pinot Grigio Day is celebrated on May 17th, so get your bottles ready!

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Common Questions About Pinot Grigio

Is Pinot Grigio sweet?

Pinot Grigio is generally a dry white wine with little to no residual sugar, making it not sweet in taste. Its crisp and refreshing profile is characterized by vibrant acidity and fruit-forward flavors, but without sweetness.

Read more: Is Pinot Grigio sweet?

How many calories in Pinot Grigio?

The amount of calories in a glass of Pinot Grigio is usually around 120. The number of calories in a bottle of Pinot Grigio is typically around 620. 

Read more: Pinot Grigio calories.

Pinot Grigio pronunciation?

You often hear Pinot Grigio mispronounced as GREE-jee-o, as if it were French. However, Pinot Grigio is pronounced with an Italian flare as “pee-noh GREE-jo.” The emphasis is on the first syllable of both “Pinot” and “Grigio.”

Is Pinot Grigio a white wine?

Pinot Grigio is a white wine and is actually a mutation of the red Pinot grape.

Should Pinot Grigio be chilled?

The flavors of Pinot Grigio are enhanced when served chill. The ideal temperature for most Pinot Grigio is around 48 degrees Fahrenheit. Learn how to chill wine fast here!