Pinot Gris Grape Vine
This relative of Pinot Noir is named for it’s grey-skinned appearance, “Gris” translating to grey in French. While it originated in Burgundy, France, Pinot Gris has since been widely planted in Italy (where they refer to it as Pinot Grigio) and produces some of the world’s best representations of the grape. Pinot Gris also makes up the largest percentage of grapes grown in the Willamette Valley, after Pinot Noir. Due to its grey/ashen pink colored skin, this grape has the ability to make a range from white wine to dark pink wine, depending on the amount of time the winemaker chooses to leave the skins in the fermentation.
Pinot Gris is a low-acidity grape, and is therefore best grown in cooler climates where better acid-retention is possible. The grape is relatively neutral and produces wine in a wide variety of styles. Peach, lemon and crushed gravel notes express themselves in the white wine from this grape. A fantastic year-round beverage that can be paired with an array of dishes!
Name: Vitis vinifera
Site and Soil: Grapes like full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil. Grapes are drought resistant once they are established.
Rootstock Description: SO4
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 10° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in width on fence, trellis, or other support.
Taste: Low acidity, peach, lemon notes
Fruit Skin: Grey, ashen pink
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: Late September
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Repel birds with flash tape or cover plants with bird netting.
USDA Zone: 7-9