Pinot Gris was first introduced into Australia in 1832 in the collection of grapes brought by James Busby the “father” of Australian viticulture
In the 1990’s Pinot Gris came to the attention of Australian growers and consumers. Today, it is fastest growing white varietal wine in Australia.
Pinot Gris is a white wine varietal of the species Vitis vinifera. Thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinot noir grape, it normally has a grayish-blue fruit, accounting for its name (“Gris” meaning “gray” in French) but the grape can have a brownish pink to black and even white appearance. The word “Pinot”, which means “pinecone” in French, is used to describe the shape of the clusters, which are small and pine-cone shaped.
The wines produced from this grape can vary in color from a deep golden yellow to copper, and even a light shade of pink (as we discovered in our 2011 vintage!)