Pinot Grigio is of French origin (like Pinot Bianco and Pinot Nero). In Italy, there are 17,300 hectares planted with this grape variety. Trentino-Alto Adige, Emilia-Romagna, Basilicata and Lombardy stand out among the principal cultivation areas.
Pinot Grigio has small, trilobate, wedge-shaped leaves.
The bunches are tight and short. They can have one wing and are cylindrical in shape.
Pinot Grigio has small ovoid berries. The skin is pink, thin and covered with bloom.
Budbreak: Medium (second ten days of April).
Ripening: Medium (second ten days of September.
This varietal takes a mix of pruning approaches and prefers training on espaliers. It is highly productive, but only moderately vigorous. Cultivation requires special attention and ideal conditions to produce a good quality crop. Pinot Grigio must ripen in a habitat of cold climate and soils that are compatible with its growth requirements.
Pinot Grigio can be made into wines of different shades, depending on the contact with the skins during fermentation or lack thereof – the result will be a light and clear color or a copper-like shade.