Pinot gris G
Name of vine variety in France
Pinot gris
This variety corresponds to the gray mutation of Pinot noir N. It is fairly common to find variations with the white grape form on the same vine trunk. This is much less often the case with the dark form.
There is no officially recognized synonym for this variety in France.In the European Union, Pinot gris G can officially be called by other names: Grauer Burgunder (Austria, Italy), Grauburgunder (Germany, Italy), Pino gri (Bulgaria), Pinot grigio G (Italy, Germany), Pinot (under certain conditions in Italy), Ruländer (Germany, Austria, under certain conditions in Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom), Rulandské sede (Czech republic, Slovakia), Sivi pinot (Slovenia) and Szürkebarat (Hungary).
En France, le Pinot gris G is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties". This vine variety is likewise listed in the Catalogues of other European Union member states: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,  Spain, Great Britain, Italy, Hungary, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Wine vine variety
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1968 1979 1988 1998 2008 2016
ha 492 601 520 893 1759 2452 3021
The description corresponds to Pinot noir N, except for the color of the berry skins when ripe, which in this case are gray. In southern areas, this tint can become relatively dark.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 135 225 239 182 188 240 238 216 239
Allel 2 149 236 243 186 194 246 248 235 271
Bud burst: 2 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period I, 1 and 1/2 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Pinot gris G is rather vigorous but not very productive. This variety is well adapted to northern regions, rather deep limestone, relatively dry and well exposed  terroirs. It is not very sensitive to winter cold and its fruit production is good following spring frost.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
This variety is a little sensitive to grey rot and downy mildew.
Technological potential
Grape clusters and berries are small or very small in size. Pinot gris G can produce wines of great finesse: very powerful, full-bodied and aromatic. Sugar accumulation potential is high and acidity low to moderate. Wines made from Pinot gris G are generally a pronounced yellow color and have specific aromas compared to Pinot blanc B.
Clonal selection in France
There are 3 approved Pinot gris G clones which carry the numbers 52, 53 and 457. A conservatory collection including  200 or so clones and was set up in Alsace in 1984.
Bibliographic references
- Catalogue des variétés et clones de vigne cultivés en France. Collectif, 2007, Ed. IFV, Le Grau-du-Roi.
- Documentation interne du Domaine de Vassal. 1949-2011, INRA, Marseillan-plage.
- Cépages et vignobles de France, tome 2. P. Galet, 1990, Ed. Dehan, Montpellier.
- Ampélographie. P. Viala et V. Vermorel, 1902-1910, Ed. Masson, Paris.
Description of clones approved in France
Identity and availability Agronomic data Technical data
Clone number Origin Selection Fertility Production level Sugar content Potential color
Year approved Agronomic references Weight of grape clusters Vigor Total acidity Tannic structure
Growing surface area Size of berries Sensitivity to Botrytis Aromatic intensity Oenological aptitudes
52  Allemagne (Pays de Bade)  INRA  medium  medium  medium to high  
 1971  Alsace  medium      
 6.17 ha        refined and well-balanced wines
Clone appreciated for its agronomic characteristics and quality of wines produced
53  Allemagne (Pays de Bade)  INRA  medium  medium to high  medium  
 1971  Alsace  medium to high      
 2.27 ha        distinctive wines of the vine variety
457  Bourgogne  ENTAV  medium to high  medium  medium to high  
 1975  Alsace  low to medium      
 1.96 ha        refined and balanced wines
Clone appreciated for its agronomic characteristics and quality of wines produced