Definition - What does Pinot Gris mean?
Pinot Gris is a type of white wine grape originally from Burgundy, France. However, it is also found in other wine regions including Italy, New Zealand, France and Australia. The wine produced using Pinot Gris grapes has a dry, semi-sweet or sweet character.
Pinot Gris wine is widely confused with Pinot Grigio wine. The main similarity between the two is that both of these wines are produced using the same grape- the Pinot Gris grape. There are a number of differences between the two: where it is produced, characteristics of the final product, the process of harvesting and handling the grapes.
WineFrog explains Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris wine originates from the Alsace region of France while Pinot Grigio is from northeastern Italy. Also, Pinot Gris has a sweet taste with rich aromatic nature whereas Pinot Grigio has a lighter, crisp taste with a rather citrusy flavor. This entire difference is because of the process of harvesting and handling the grapes. Pinot Grigio is harvested earlier than Pinot Gris which makes the final product less appealing to some because of its acidity. This process makes it seem like the two wines are extremely different, but in actually, they are made from the same grape, and could turn out the same if the two regions worked together during winemaking.