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Iceni Magazine | December 2, 2021

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Pinot Grigio Veneto, origin of the most important wines

Pinot Grigio Veneto, origin of the most important wines

Pinot Grigio is the result of a non-traditional variety of grapes, derived from a genetic mutation in Pinot Noir.

Recent studies have shown that they are isolated only by genes that cause color and odor changes.

Pine grapes grow naturally on the border with the Duchy of Burgundy, more precisely the Alsace region of France and Germany.

To speak of Pinot Grigio is to refer to a white wine that differs in that the color of the grape skin is darker than other types of white grapes.

Its production extends to several European countries such as Italy, Slovenia, Romania, Switzerland and Hungary. Today, the northeastern part of Italy, including the same regions of Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto, lead the world production and marketing of Pinot Grigio.

Main difference of Pinot wines

From time to time, some enthusiastic wine lovers ask about the difference that distinguishes Pinot Grigio and Pinot Grigio DOC delle Venezie wines. Although they may seem subtle, there are differences in the wines made with this grape.

Pinot grigio veneto is, of course, the Italian name by definition, this responds to the French variety Pinot Gris.

The vine clusters vary in color from blue to grayish pink and are therefore marked “Grigio” or “Gray”. Also, the name Pino (which means pine in English), comes from the fact that grapes grow slowly in small pinecone-shaped clusters.

The Pinot Grigio from Italy has turned towards the production of fruity, aromatic and well-structured wines, maximizing the expression of the personality of the terroir of each region and the unique quality that is valued in the glass.

Characteristics of Pinot Grigio wine

It is a very pale color that resembles a very light straw color. From Pinot Nero IGP Trevenezie it differs mainly by its high acidity (which leads to a longer aging).

Pinot Gris, meanwhile, comes from a cold climate and soil that is ideal for producing strong and structured wine flavors, which have the ability to withstand many setbacks.

Relevant aspects of Pinot Grigio Veneto

Pinot Grigio is a light white wine that can enjoy being the offspring of a well-known father, that is, it comes from a prominent origin: and it is actually a quite original mutation of the Pinot Nero IGP Trevenezie species.

  • Color: changes from blond yellow to coppery yellow, offering a couple of golden reflections.
  • Smell: its freshly harvested fruity aroma is amazing, then it becomes a bit intense and very distinctive.
  • Taste: it leaves a certain velvety characteristic in the mouth, but it is dry, smooth, harmonious, aromatic and generous at the same time.

Service modality and pairing

Like all white wines, Pinot must be served at a suitable temperature (very cold) and with certain types of food that enhance its tasting (white meats). Although, each one consumes the wine according to their own tastes and is totally normal, the experts’ recommendations are as follows:

The alcoholic temperature of Pinot Grigio Veneto is 12 °, it should be served no less than 8 or 10 degrees. On the other hand, its maximum term of return is two years, with a minimum maturity of at least one year.

On the other hand, it is a white grape wine suitable to accompany the main dish of fish, any starter that contains vegetables or legumes, as well as any shellfish, also as an aperitif, with cured cheeses, perfect with soups and creams.


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