The white grape comes from France. Around 150 Synonyms testify the old age and the wide spread. Pinot Gris was a crossing partner at Columna. Deckrot. Freisamer. Hecker. Hoelder. Johanniter. Merzling. Nosztori Rizling. ruling and Schantlrebe. According to a legend, Emperor Charles IV (1316-1378) brought the vine from France as early as 1375 Hungary where they from Cistercian monks was grown on Lake Balaton. That is why the Hungarian name is Szürkebarát (Gray Monk). From Hungary she allegedly found her way back to Alsace and was called Tokay here. The variety has been known since the 12th century. The first reliable mention comes from the year 1711 in Speyer in Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany).In France it was mentioned in 1712 as Auvernat Gris, in 1770 as Pinot Beurot and only in 1783 in Flavigny on the Côte d’Or as Pinot Gris. (https://glossary.wein-plus.eu/pinot-gris)
Pinot Gris produces fragrant, extract-rich, but rather low-acid white wines with aromas of apples, almonds and honey.
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