Pinot Gris Regions
Internationally, Pinot Gris is grown widely in the U.S, France and Italy (as Pinot Grigio). In New Zealand, Pinot Gris is grown mainly in Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay, North Canterbury and Central Otago with smaller pockets planted in other wine growing regions. Each region produces a distinctive style of Pinot Gris, from the tighter, elegant styles of Marlborough to the full-bodied styles coming out of Hawke’s Bay.
Serving Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris is best drunk while it is still young, ideally within 1 - 4 years from harvest. Pinot Gris is best served chilled, at about 7 degrees celsius. To do this, take the wine out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you plan to serve it. You can also chill the bottle in ice to reach the perfect temperature.
Storing Pinot Gris
Even though white wines, including Pinot Gris, can be stored for a few months, it is not advisable to store them for years as you do with structured reds. Properly storing this type of wine means keeping it in a temperature-controlled environment where there aren’t many fluctuations. Never store it in the refrigerator and keep the bottle on its side, away from vibrations and direct light.
Pinot Gris Food Match
The soft acidity and subtle spiciness of Pinot Gris makes it a great match for a wide range of foods, particularly light meats such as fish, pork and chicken or creamy pasta dishes. Try it with roast pork and stewed apple sauce for an absolute treat!