Pinot Gris - A Complete Guide to Popular White Wine

Markus Reed | News Oct 21, 2015

Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are in fact the exact same grape variety. It is a white grape, with a grayish / brownish pink skin (hence the name gris, or gray, in French). 

The grape originated in France (it's from the Burgundian Pinot family), and is known as Pinot Gris in France, where it is most cultivated in Alsace. Across the border in Italy it is known as Pinot Grigio. While French in origin, it is really the Italians that brought huge global recognition and fame to the variety. 

While They Are The Same Grape, The Two Names Have Come To Infer Two Different Styles Of Wine.

  • Immensely popular, the Italian style Pinot Grigio white wines are typically lighter-bodied, crisp, fresh, with vibrant stone fruit and floral aromas and a touch of spice.
  • In contrast, Alsace Pinot Gris white wines are more full-bodied, richer, spicier, and more viscous in texture. They also tend to have greater cellaring and ageing potential.

Clearly, there are two very distinct styles of Pinot Grigio. Whether you are a stickler for classy, elegant flavours, or you like light, easily drinkable white wines, you will find something desirable within the world of Pinot Gris. Lovers of Pinot Gris are benefiting from its boom, as more countries and regions than ever are experimenting with the grape and creating new styles.

In Australia, Pinot Gris grows best in cool climates. Likes its red wine variety sibling, pinot noir, the best examples tend to come from the cooler and high altitude wine growing regions, such as the Adelaide Hills, Mornington Peninsula, Tasmania and Geelong.

There’s nothing like hanging out with friends on a lazy summer day. It’s even more fun with slightly fizzy tropical cocktails. This one using Pinot Gris, is refreshingly delicious and so easy, you won’t believe it. 


  • 6 cups assorted fruits (such as mango, pineapple, cantaloupe, and apricot), sliced or cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh basil or mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • 1 bottle crisp white wine, such as Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • Ice


In a large punch bowl or glass drink dispenser, combine fruit, ginger, basil or mint, and orange liqueur. Mash gently with the back of a wooden spoon until basil is bruised and fruit releases juices. Add wine and lemon juice and stir to combine. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 1 day). To serve, fill eight glasses with ice and top with sangria. 

Pinot Gris wine cocktails are perfection when combined with stone fruits like peaches, cherries, apricots and fruit juices such as apple, cranberry and pineapple.

There Is a Large Variety Of Pinot Gris To Choose From, Just To Name a Few:

  • Under & Over Pinot Gris
  • Darling Park Pinot Gris
  • Soumah Pinot Grigio
  • 42 Degrees South Pinot Grigio
  • Picket Fence Pinot Grigio
  • Tim Adams Pinot Gris
  • And…many, many more.