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Pinot Blanc is a white grape variety that is grown in many wine producing countries. In Germany it is grown in Baden, Rheinhessen and Pfalz. In Austria it is produced in Burgenland. The Italian name is Pinot Bianco and it is mainly grown in the northern part of the country (South Tyrol, Veneto, Friul). In France Pinot Blanc is produced in Alsace und Burgundy region. In Hungary it is called Fehér-burgundi.

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Origin of Pinot Blanc

Genetic tests suggest that Pinot Blanc is a mutation of Pinot Gris. Pinot Gris on the other hand originates from the red grape variety Pinot Noir. Pinot Blanc probably originates in Burgundy. The first written proof of its production is from the 14th century.

Pinot Blanc wines are mostly subtle, mild and light with a fine acidity. Though depending on the growing region this grape variety can have many appearances. Typical flavours are those of light fruits, even citrus, and to a smaller extend hay. In southern growing regions there is less acidity in Pinot Blanc wines and caramel and almond fragrances can be achieved. Pinot Blanc is often used to produce cuvées and is suitable for aging in barrique.

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