Pinot Grigio

and its noble origins

It originated in Burgundy where it was known since the Middle Ages and then spread to other regions. It was probably called “Fromenteau”, although it is not certain as this name was also given to another grape variety called Savagnin.

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Pinot Grigio DOC

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Pinot Grigio Rosé DOC

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Pinot Grigio and its noble origins

This grape variety has “noble” origins, as it is a colour mutation of Pinot Noir that happened at different times in different places in Burgundy. It is the same variety as Pinot Gris. The skin of Pinot Gris grape has a distinctive greyish, slightly pink colour, hence its name.

It originated in Burgundy where it was known since the Middle Ages and then spread to other regions (Switzerland, Germany, etc). It was probably called “Fromenteau”, although it is not certain as this name was also given to another grape variety called Savagnin.

Legend has it that it was a favourite of Holy Emperor Charles IV who apparently in 1375 had cuttings of this grape imported to Hungary and planted there by Cistercian monks. The same theory says that Pinot Gris was then brought from Hungary to the French region of Alsace by a general who had taken possession of the Hungarian city of Tokay. That would explain why for several centuries it was called Tokay d’Alsace there.The earliest confirmed mention of Pinot Gris was in 1711 in Germany, Rheinland-Pfalz to be precise, where it was discovered growing wild in a garden by a wine merchant named Johann Seger Ruland. In France it was first mentioned a year later, in 1712 with the name Auvernat Gris. Other names such as Beurot or Bureau were used for this variety, but the modern name Pinot Gris appeared for the first time in 1783-1784 in Flavigny, in the Côte d’Or.

 
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According to one theory, it was brought from Burgundy to Italy by general Emilio Bertone di Sambuy (1800-1872), who planted this variety in the vineyards of his estate in Lesegno (province of Cuneo, Piedmont), but it seems that its presence in Friuli under the name Malvoisie was already attested before its introduction in Piedmont.Italian Pinot Grigio wine style is very different from the French Pinot Gris, drier and crisper in style the first, richer and fuller bodied the second. The Italian style is much more popular, especially for its reputation as a food friendly wine.

Italian Pinot Grigio has seen its popularity increase in the early 20th century, and this made the vineyard area grow exponentially. At the beginning of the 21st century Pinot Grigio took over Chardonnay as the most popular white wine. Its reputation was such that many producers across the world chose to use the name Pinot Grigio in their labels instead of Pinot Gris.The appellation of “Delle Venezie”, the latest one established, covers the North East of Italy and was upgraded from IGT to DOC in 2017 in order to protect the designation of origin of Pinot Grigio and at the same time increase its quality.

Museo Nazionale Collezione Salce

TITOLO

Venezia

SOGGETTO

Scorcio di ferri di prua di gondole attraccate alle paline; sullo sfondo il profilo di alcune cupole della Basilica di San Marco a Venezia.

DATA

1928 ca

PINOT GRIGIO DOC

Denominazione di Origine Controllata

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Lemon in colour with refreshing aromas of citrus, green apple and pear balanced by a zesty acidity and a delicate mineral finish.

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PINOT GRIGIO ROSÉ DOC

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Light coral pink colour. Refreshing and elegant with aromas of peach and apricot and a subtle note of ripe melon on the finish. Pleasant and balanced acidity.

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Museo Nazionale Collezione Salce

AUTORE

Mario Puppo

TITOLO

Capri l’Isola del Sole

SOGGETTO

Vaso di fiori su davanzale con vista sui Faraglioni di Capri

DATA

1928 ca