Pinot Grigio, also known as Pinot Gris, is a member of the Pinot Noir family. Its' two different names originate from the two countries in which it is most commonly grown: Italy and France. The Italian style, Pinot Grigio, has made a name for being light and crisp, ideal for early drinking and is most famously known in the regions of Veneto and Friuli. France's Pinot Gris, is grown in the Alsace region and is generally known for being a rich, full-bodied white with a smooth, silky texture. In Australia, Pinot Grigio/Gris grows in premium regions, from the coolest sites to the warmer areas. It’s a deliciously diverse variety, with styles ranging from elegant, crisp and zesty to more textured, silky and complex. It pairs with oysters, scallops, prawns, light fish and chicken dishes.
Commonly known as Friuli, the region borders the Balkans, the most north-easterly region in Italy. The vineyards are between the Alps and Adriatic which means there are two different climate systems and varietal expressions vary. The Mediterranean climate and maritime conditions in the south allow for luxuriously reliable growing conditions but the alpine continental climate of the north allows varietals to bask in the sun and develop aromatic depth without overheating. The area is renowned for making wines from non-traditional Italian grapes and is particularly famous for orange wines made of Pinot Grigio and Fruilano varieties. Other varietals here include Merlot, Fruilano, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.