Pinot Grigio in Italy does not have many similarities with Pinot Gris in Alsace. It is not only the name that is different, but also the style and, not least, the popularity. Pinot Grigio has increased enormously its acreage in Italy since 2010. Right now there are about 25 000 hectares (the whole of France has less than 3000 hectares). So popular is Italian Pinot Grigio that it will soon have a new appellation. This new DOC will be called Pinot Grigio delle Venezie. It is precisely here, in the north-eastern part of Italy, that 85% of the country’s Pinot Grigio is planted.
Pinot grigio became a trendy grape primarily in the UK and in America a few years ago. And its popularity seems to continue. Here in Italy the grape gives a fairly easy drinking, fresh, slightly floral wine with citrus aromas. But a richer, oaky style is also available.
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