International Pinot Noir Day

Intro

Pinot noir is a red-winegrape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. The word pine alludes to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pinecone–shaped bunches of fruit.

Pinot noir is grown around the world, mostly in cooler climates, and the variety is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. 

Pinot noir is now used to make red wines around the world, as well as champagne, sparkling white wines such as the Italian Franciacorta, and English sparkling wines. Regions that have gained a reputation for red pinot noir wines include the Willamette Valley of Oregon; the Carneros, Central Coast, Sonoma Coast, and Russian River AVAs of California; the Elgin and Walker Bay wine regions of South Africa; the Mornington Peninsula, Adelaide Hills, Great Southern, Tasmania, and Yarra Valley in Australia; and the Central Otago, Martinborough, and Marlborough wine regions of New Zealand.

Pinot noir is the most planted varietal (38%) used in sparkling wine production in Champagne and other wine regions.

Pinot noir is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. The grape’s tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards involving rot that require diligent canopy management.

Interesting Facts about Pinot Noir

  • Pinot Noir is over 1000 years older than Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinot Noir = Pinot Grigio = Pinot Blanc. Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc are simply color mutations of Pinot Noir. Each grape DNA was analyzed only to find out they are identical.
  • The 3 top Pinot Noir Producers in the world: France, the United States and Germany.
  • Where is Pinot Noir grown in South Africa? The country now seems to have found its sweet spot for Pinot Noir, on the south coast west of Cape Agulhas among the orchards of Elgin and, particularly, in an underpopulated valley that is known as ‘heaven on earth’, Hemel-en-Aarde in Afrikaans, in the hinterland of the whale-watching resort of Hermanus. Worth a visit!

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