The Difference Between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio

Pinot Gris, simply described as a white wine with refreshing citrus flavour, that leaves no wine lover indifferent. It is a white wine varietal with zesty acidity which can be enjoyed in a number of ways. A true wine lover would say that there isn’t a better white wine that can satisfy all of your senses with every sip. It is its unique refreshing taste, featuring twinkle of balanced acidity, that makes Pinot Gris a common choice of wine enthusiasts who know best what they want and do not miss a chance to enjoy in a good drop of white wine.

Pinot Grigio is a wine type with which causes a confusion when it comes to choosing Pinot Gris or other white wine type. For the non-experts in wine terminology, a common dilemma is: Is there a difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? To be straightforward: There’s is no difference between these two Pinot wine varietal. Understandably, you might ask: If Pinot Gris and Grigio are the same, then why are these two wines labelled differently? Simply put, it is the grape origin the main factor that differs the two Pinot wine types. Namely, what matters is whether the wine was produced in Italy, Australia or California, etc.


In Australia and New Zealand, Pinot Gris is the name under which this wine is mostly prevalent, though there are exceptions to the rule. For instance, in Victoria Pinot wines with sweeter taste are labelled as Pinot Gris, whilst the drier versions of the same wine are labelled as Pinot Grigio. If you travel to Italy, keep on mind that it is likely that they won’t understand you if you ask for Pinot Gris, because in this country, this wine grape is known exclusively as Pinot Grigio.

Although same wine varietal, recognized by its fruit flavours such as apple, pear, white nectarine and citrus fruits flavours, the taste of Pinot Gris may slightly differ, mostly depending on the region where the grape has been grown. This said, it is very probable that when tasting Pinot Gris produced in Australia and other in Italy or California, you will notice taste variations in terms of acidity and floral aromas. This means that this is not a wine with strikingly same flavour, like some wine types that share that same flavour characteristic regardless their origin, such as Riesling and Moscato. However, regardless which Pinot version you will go for, you can’t go wrong because this white wine is really worth a try, in spite of your personal wine taste preferences.