Pinot Grigio, Italy

Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio or Grauburgunder is a white wine grape variety thought to be a mutant clone of the pinot noir variety. It normally has a greyish-blue fruit, accounting for its name but the grapes can have a brownish pink to black and even white appearance.

The once relatively unknown Pinot Gris (or Grigio) grape has risen by stealth to become one of Australia’s most fashionable whites, adored by the wine-drinking public.

Pinot Grigio / Gris vines were brought to Australia in 1832 as Pineau Gris from the Cote-d’Or by the father of Australian viticulture, James Busby. However, it had to wait another 150 years or so before it became an ‘instant sensation’ when Pinot Grigio pioneers Kathleen Quealy and Kevin McCarthy launched T’Gallant Wines. They recognised that the cool climate of the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria was the perfect place to grow the grape and that consumers were looking for something new.
Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.

The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.

Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.
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  1. Il Villaggio Pinot Grigio 2019
    Il Villaggio Organico Pinot Grigio is sourced from high altitude vineyards near the Slovenian border, north east of Venice. The combination of altitude, mineral gravel soils and a protected site creates richly flavoured but elegant wines. Andrea Sartori has been ... Learn More
  2. Il Villaggio Pinot Grigio 2018
    Il Villaggio Organico Pinot Grigio is sourced from high altitude vineyards near the Slovenian border, north east of Venice. The combination of altitude, mineral gravel soils and a protected site creates richly flavoured but elegant wines. Andrea Sartori has been ... Learn More
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  3. Aquilani Pinot Grigio 2019
    With a wine history dating back more than 4,000 years and a climate ideally suited to viticulture, Italy is one of the most diverse winemaking countries in the world. Aquilani draws from this diversity and produces Italian wines of regionality and ... Learn More
  4. Poggio Dei Principi Pinot Grigio 2018
    This outstanding Pinot Grigio has fantastic definition of pure fruit flavours and a wonderfully rounded balance. High altitude vineyards, small yields and dedicated winemaking by this fantastic cooperative combine to produce a wine that is fresh, versatile and enjoyable. Exceptional ... Learn More
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  5. Taglia Friuli Pinot Grigio 2019
    From a single vineyard high above the Tagliamento river, it’s pinot grigio, pure and direct. A fresh nose of subtle stone fruit, spice and a hint of musk. Pure and beautifully layered with flavours of nashi pear and apples. ... Learn More
  6. Terre Del Fohn Pinot Grigio Vigneti Delle Dolomiti 2019
    Classic Italian Pinot Grigio- dry, fresh, great value for money and perfect for the Australian weather! Made by the Simoni family, who have made wines in this region since 1945. This section of North-East Italy is known for unbeatable value Pinot ... Learn More
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  7. Taglia Friuli Pinot Grigio 2018
    From a single vineyard high above the Tagliamento river, it’s pinot grigio, pure and direct. A fresh nose of subtle stone fruit, spice and a hint of musk. Pure and beautifully layered with flavours of nashi pear and apples. ... Learn More
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  8. Bollini Pinot Grigio 2019
    Grapes are hand-picked and transported in small, 18-kilo containers previous to soft-pressing and clarification by natural sedimentation. After racking, the juice is inoculated with select yeasts and temperature-controlled fermentation takes place, at 14 Flinty and mineral notes with pear fruit and ... Learn More
  9. Cescon 'Vino Dellamicizia' Friuli Doc Pinot Grigio 2019 Pre-Arrival Eta May 2021
    Classic Italian Pinot Grigio - our best selling imported white wine. Made by the brilliant Cescon family - 3rd generation winemakers based just outside of Venice (this wine is sourced from their vineyard in Friuli- the home of Pinot Grigio). ... Learn More
  10. Gradis Ciutta Friuli Venezia Giulia Pinot Grigio 2018
    Cultivated via Guyot, with a production not greater than 80 quintals per hectare. Brilliant straw yellow with reflections tending to a copper colour. Delicate and elegant, with flavors of vegetables, such as tomato leaf, peach and ripe apples. The palate is ... Learn More
  11. ONLINE TASTING PACK - ITALIAN SUMMER WINES

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    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 15th of October 2020. This event is all about the perfect Italian ... Learn More

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  12. ONLINE TASTING PACK - ITALIAN WINE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, 4 WEEK COURSE

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 12 different wines to be opened during a series of 4 online tastings held throughout May and early June 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be ... Learn More

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