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The 12 Best Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris You Should Drink in 2022

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This is our review of the 12 Best Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris You should drink this year. Enjoy!

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris is a popular and affordable white wine. 

Pinot Grigio it’s known for its dryness, high acidity, light-body, lemon, and apple notes. Pinot Gris (Alsace) on the other hand has more body, lower acidity, more complexity, and is sweeter. 

Have you ever found yourself staring at many Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris bottles wondering which one you would like best?

After extensive research, we have picked a selection of the 12 best Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris you can find in the marketI must confess I’m quite happy with the research and work done. 
 
We have categorized them by regions, price point, etc.. and added an extensive buying guide on the three most famous Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris styles so that you have all you need to make an informed decision.
 
Our best value bottle selection for you is Italo Cescon Pinot Grigio. If you are after the best overall bottle, our recommendation is Vie di Romans Dessimis Pinot Grigio 2019.
 
You’ll find the table of content below. Let’s start with the review!
4.4/5

Vivino’s tips: Vintage 2019 rates better than any other year for this wine

Region: Italy, Friuli Isonzo

Tasting notes: Peach, Orange, Pear, Honey, Oak.

This is not the usual Pinot Grigio and it will blow you away. “Delightful Pinot Grigio, easily the best I’ve had to date” says Chiara & Philippe from the Vivino community.

Copper-colored from the natural grape skin tint. The bouquet is full of sweet pastry aromas, scents of Williams pear skin, and notes of yellow fruit.

Expect a medium-body wine with complex oak, pear, peach, and honey notes. 

4.1/5

Vivino’s tips: Featured in Vivino’s 2019 Wine Style Awards: Northern Italy Pinot Grigio (2016 Vintage)

Region: Italy, Veneto.

Tasting notes:
Peach, Lemon, Grass.

This wine has a straw yellow color, intense, with slight notes of nutmeg, peach leaf broken citrus. Dry and cool. Net ripe and fruity scents, all the orange zest, full flavor fills the long mouth.

Ah, it cost less than $20… I’ll be quick if I were you.

3.7/5

Vivino’s tips: Good value for money. Similar wines usually cost 67% more.

Region: Italy, delle Venezie

Tasting notes: Citrus, Green Apple, Crisp and Light.

It has straw yellow with green reflections. It has bread crust and green apple. It has fresh and drinkable, perfect on a hot day.

You’ll find it for less than $10. That’s a pretty good value for money if you ask me!

3.9/5

Vivino’s tips: Featured in Best wines under $20 right now (2020 Vintage)

Region: Italy, Valdadige

Tasting notes:
Citrus, Green Apple, Pear, Mineral, Refreshing.

Santa Margherita has been the first company in the world to vinify Pinot Grigio grapes as a white wine. The 2020 vintage featured in the Best wines under $20 for Vivino. If you like this style, you’ll be pleased.

This dry white wine has a straw yellow color. Its clean, intense aroma and bone-dry taste with an appealing flavor of golden delicious apples. It has a very pale yellow color, crisp and clean, perfect acidity. perfect with grilled calamari

3.9/5

Region: Italy, Venezia Giulia.

Tasting notes: Pear, Apple, Citrus, Cream, Wet Stone

It has an intense straw-yellow color with a light nuance of antique rose. Its aroma is intense, full, and fruity, with excellent persistence. Its taste is dry, velvety, and particularly well-orchestrated for its full body.

It pairs with fish soups, chargrilled seafood, and various dishes based on field mushrooms and porcini mushrooms.

Are you a fruity & dry Pinot Grigio lover? That’s your wine!

4.1/5

Vivino’s tips: Winner of Vivino’s 2020 Wine Style Awards: Alsace Pinot Gris (2013 Vintage).

Region: France, Alsace

Tasting notes: Pear, Peach, Apricot, Citrus, Honey, Honeysuckle

This is a delicious 4/5 stars wine from Alsace. It’s for those of you who like the sweet and dry style.

The finish is very light and nice, with sweeter notes. Complex, medium minus acidity.

You can pair it with foie gras, grilled vegetables, reach veal, pork, meaty fish, and yes, of course with blue and hard cheese. 

4/5

Vivino’s tips: Ranks #2 in Bestsellers in Pinot Gris California.

Region: United States, California

Tasting notes: Citrus, Melon, Pear, Jasmine, Refreshing.

It currently ranks #2 in Bestsellers in Pinot Gris California. There must be a good reason right?!

It’s light and refreshing, minerals, and well balanced. Expect citrus, melon, and pear notes. Ah, you’ll find it for roughly $15…not bad uh?!

4/5

Vivino’s tips: Among top 4% of all wines in the world.

Region: United States, Willamette Valley

Tasting notes: Apricot, Pear, Ginger, Honeydew Melon.

Fresh apricot, comice pear, and ginger generously introduce a full palate of luscious white peach, honeydew melon, and muted ginger.

Expressive and weighty in texture. The finish is heightened with crisp acidity and a slight grip while a delicate floral note adds complexity. A great Oregon-style Pinot Gris!

3.6/5

Region: United States, Washington.

Tasting notes: Lemon zest, Pear, Honey

It is apricot, tangerine, dry summer hay, nutmeg. In the mouth, it is broad yet focused with a very pronounced terroir & mineral finish. Elegant, refreshing, and true.

Chad D, from the Vivino community, commented: “Drinks above its price point”. 

4/5

Vivino’s tips: Among top 4% of all wines in the world.

Region: Germany, Pfalz

Tasting notes: Green Apple, Pear, Grapefruit.

It was in the Pfalz region, back in the 19th century, that Pinot Gris was first identified as an individual variety and vinified separately.

The modern-day Villa Wolf Pinot Gris is made in a full-bodied, dry style with fresh, unoaked fruit and a crisp texture.

It is an excellent partner for salmon, chicken, or pork. If you like the German Pinot Gris style, you can’t go wrong here!

4/5

Vivino’s tips: Good value for money. Similar wines usually cost 54% more.

Region: Italy, delle Venezie

Tasting notes: Pear, Apple, Acacia flowers

Of straw yellow color, the nose has floral scents reminiscent of the scent of acacia flowers, with hints of pear. The flavor is intense and very harmonious, with fruity notes of pear and apple.
 
This wine is good value money, similar wines usually cost 54% more, as per Vivino. I’ll give it a go if I were you…
4/5

Vivino’s tips: Good value for money. Similar wines usually cost 46% more.

Region: France, Alsace

Tasting notes: Green Apple, Pear, Pineapple

 

Great 4-star wine from Alsace. Green apple, pineapple, honeysuckle, and pear on the nose. Tangerine and tropical fruit on the palate. Medium body and acidity.

This wine is not just good value for money, it’s also very very good!

Buying Guide to Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

It’s not just about which Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris you should buy.

There are other important aspects like how to serve it, food pairings, and much more. The below buying guide will give you a detailed overview on all these topics.

Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio Overview

Here you find an overview on where this Pinot Grigio style is most commonly planted.

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

10% - 12.5%

Main Regions

Italy: Lombardia, Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto

Other Regions

Austria
Canada : Okagan, Ontario
Chile
Germany: (Baden, Rheinhessen and Rheinpfalz)
Hungary
Romania
Slovenia

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

10% - 12.5%

Main Regions

Italy: Lombardia, Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto

Other Regions

Austria
Canada : Okagan, Ontario
Chile
Germany: (Baden, Rheinhessen and Rheinpfalz)
Hungary
Romania
Slovenia

Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio.

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Apple
Lemon Zest
Mineral

Palate

Saline & Dry
High Acidity
Light Body

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Apple
Lemon Zest
Mineral

Palate

Saline & Dry
High Acidity
Light Body

Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio Food Pairing

These are some food pairing suggestions for Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio.

Appetitizer

Salad
French Fries
Salty Olives

Meat

White Meat

Fish

Shellfish

Cheese

Soft (Philadelphia),
Cream (Brie)

Appetitizer

Salad
French Fries
Salty Olives

Meat

White Meat

Fish

Shellfish

Cheese

Soft (Philadelphia),
Cream (Brie)

Serve and Store Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio

Here you find some useful tips on how to serve and store Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio.

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

2-3 years

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

2-3 years

Minerally and Dry Pinot Grigio Useful Insights

The minerally and dry Pinot Grigio is generally produced in stainless steel tanks. There is no oak aging or malolactic fermentation.

Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio Overview

Here you find an overview on where this Pinot Grigio style is most commonly planted.

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

10% - 14%

Main Regions

Italy: Abruzzo, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Toscana, Trentino Alto Adige, Sicilia
USA: California, Oregon, Washington
New Zealand

Other Regions

Argentina
Australia
Chile
South Africa

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

10% - 14%

Main Regions

Italy: Abruzzo, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Toscana, Trentino Alto Adige, Sicilia
-
USA: California, Oregon, Washington
-
New Zealand

Other Regions

Argentina
Australia
Chile
South Africa

Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio.

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Apple
Lemon
White Peach
Pear

Palate

Dry
Ripe Green Fruit
Creamy
Medium Acidity
Medium-Light Body

Color

Pale Lemon

Nose

Apple
Lemon
White Peach
Pear

Palate

Dry
Ripe Green Fruit
Medium Acidity
Medium-Light Body

Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio Food Pairing

These are some food pairing suggestions for Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio.

Appetitizer

Salad
French Fries
Salty Olives

Meat

White Meat

Fish

Shellfish
Grilled Fish

Cheese

Semi-Soft (Fontina),
Firm (Beaufort)

Appetitizer

Salad
French Fries
Salty Olives

Meat

White Meat

Fish

Shellfish
Grilled Fish

Cheese

Semi-Soft (Fontina),
Firm (Beaufort)

Serve and Store Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio

Here you find some useful tips on how to serve and store this Pinot Grigio style.

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

2-3 years

Decant

Nope

Glass

Chardonnay
Viognier

Serve at

45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C

Store for

2-3 years

Fruity and Dry Pinot Grigio Useful Insight

The fruity and dry Pinot Grigio is generally produced in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is used to reduce acidity and give a smoother taste.

Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris Overview

Here you find an overview on where this Pinot Gris style is most commonly planted.

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

12% - 14%

Main Regions

France: Alsace

Other Regions

-

Grape

Pinot Grigio

ABV

12% - 14%

Main Regions

France: Alsace

Other Regions

-

Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris.

Color

Pale Lemon
Medium Gold

Nose

Sweet Lemon Candy
Honey
Ginger
Spice

Palate

Off-Dry to Sweet
Ripe Pear
Lemon Zest
Medium-Low Acidity
Medium to Full Body

Color

Pale Lemon
Medium Gold

Nose

Sweet Lemon Candy
Honey
Ginger
Spice

Palate

Off-Dry to Sweet
Ripe Pear
Lemon Zest
Medium-Low Acidity
Medium to Full Body

Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris Food Pairing

These are some food pairing suggestions for Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris.

Appetitizer

Foie Gras
Cream Sauces
Grilled Vegetables

Meat

White Meat
Reach Veal
Pork

Fish

Meaty Fish

Cheese

Blue Mold (Gorgonzola),
Hard (Pecorino)

Appetitizer

Foie Gras
Cream Sauces
Grilled Vegetables

Meat

White Meat
Reach Veal
Pork

Fish

Meaty Fish

Cheese

Blue Mold (Gorgonzola),
Hard (Pecorino)

Serve and Store Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris

Here you find some useful tips on how to serve and store this Pinot Gris style.

Decant

Nope

Glass

Fortified (Sweet wine)

Chardonnay /
Viognier
(all others)

Serve at

Off-Dry
45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C
Sweet
43 - 46 °F
6 - 8 °C

Store for

3-5 years

Decant

Nope

Glass

Fortified (Sweet wine)

Chardonnay /
Viognier
(all others)

Serve at

Off-Dry
45 - 50 °F
7 - 10 °C
Sweet
43 - 46 °F
6 - 8 °C

Store for

3-5 years

Fruity and Sweet Pinot Gris Styles

The fruity and sweet Pinot Gris comes in two sweetness style:

  • Pinot Gris and Grand Cru are generally dry.
  • Vendage Tardives and Selection de Grains Nobles are sweet to very sweet.

Our Verdict

Pinot Grigio it’s known for its dryness, high acidity, light-body, lemon, and apple notes.
Pinot Gris (Alsace) on the other hand has more body, lower acidity, more complexity, and is sweeter. 
 
If you have been through the buying guide, you should have a pretty good idea of how to navigate the Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris world.
 
At the same time, you have probably realized by now, that there’s a huge selection, many styles, and various price points.
 
The good news is that you can get very high quality usually at a good price if you know where to look!
 
That’s why proper guidance comes in handy. We hope our guide was helpful in this regard.
 
Our best value bottle selection for you is Italo Cescon Pinot Grigio. If you are after the best overall bottle, our recommendation is Vie di Romans – Dessimis Pinot Grigio 2019.
 
As always, make sure to serve your Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris at the right temperature and with the proper glass.

What to do next?

Be sure to serve your Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris at the right temperature. Read our wine tasting guide to enhance your tasting experience and taste like the pro! 
 
Alternatively, why don’t you check out our guides on Pinot Grigio vs Pinot GrisSauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay?
 

FAQ

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris.

What does Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris mean?

“Pinot” is a French word that derives from “pin”, i.e. pine tree, given the resemblance between the bunch of grapes and the pine cone. 

“Gris” is a French word that means “grey” in English and “grigio” in Italian, and comes from the greyish/brownish pink skin of the grape.

What is Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris history?

Pinot Gris is from the Burgundy region in France. Known since the Middle Ages, it spread in other regions like Switzerland and Germany over time. Pinot Gris is the result of a genetic mutation of the Pinot Noir grape that occurred centuries ago.

In 1961, Santa Margherita [1] wine group, located in Veneto – Italy, has been the first company in the world to vinify Pinot Grigio grapes as a white wine. 

Where does Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris grow best?

Cool climates help Pinot Grigio grow at its best and mature relatively early causing high sugar levels. Depending on the vinification style, this can lead to either a wine high in alcohol if fermented to dryness, or a sweeter wine.

When is the perfect time to drink Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris?

Like Sauvignon Blanc and Unoaked Chardonnay, a hot summer day is perfect to enjoy Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris: it’s refreshing, very light, and easy to drink.

Are Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris sweet?

Pinot Grigio is a dry wine in both its minerally and fruity style. Pinot Gris on the other hand is more sweet and can vary from off dry to sweet.

The sweetness level of a wine is expressed in grams of sugar per liter, aka g/L, or as a percentage. 

  • A dry wine contains less than 15 g/L.
  • An off dry wine contains between 15-30 g/L.
  • A sweet wine contains between 50-100 g/L.

Learn more about wine sweetness level here.

What does acronyms on the Italian's wines label mean?

For Italian wine production, you might find the below acronyms on the label. Here is what you should know in a nutshell:

  • Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) [2]: The grapes are mostly from the area. This is the entry-level and generally the cheapest price.
  • Denominazione di Origine Protetta (DOP) [3]: All the grapes are from the area. Generally a smoother and slightly better finish than IGT and a bit more expensive.
  • Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) [4]: It follows rigorous protocols for harvesting, cultivation, and production. This is the highest quality of the three. This wine has usually more pronounced and better flavors and thus it comes with a higher price.

When is the International Pinot Grigio day?

The International Pinot Grigio day it’s the 17th of May.

Does Pinot Grigio age well?

Pinot Grigio is an “early to market” wine. Within 4 to 12 weeks after fermentation, it hits the market and you can have it on your table. You should drink whilst it’s young.

Is there a Pinot Grigio Rosé?

There’s a  Pinot Grigio Rosé version called Ramato that you should try. Let’s find more about it here.

What’s Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris's typical price range?

The price generally ranges from $10 – $30. Where $10 is usually the IGT Italian style and $30 the Alsatian style.

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