Pinot Blanc (Beli Pinot, Weissburgunder)
Pinot Blanc is often used in the production of sparkling wines, where its crisp acidity and delicate flavors can add brightness and freshness to the final wine. It is also used as a blending grape in some regions, where it can contribute to the complexity and balance of the final blend.
Varietal Origin: Pinot Blanc, also known as Beli Pinot in Slovenia and Weissburgunder in Germany, is a white grape variety believed to have originated in France's Burgundy region. It is a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir, another well-known grape variety. Pinot Blanc is now grown in many wine regions around the world, including Europe, the United States, and Australia.
Typical Taste Profile: Pinot Blanc wines are generally crisp, refreshing, and aromatic, with moderate acidity and a medium body. They often exhibit flavors of green apple, pear, and citrus, along with floral and mineral notes. Pinot Blanc can be made in various styles, ranging from dry to off-dry, and even sparkling wines. It is known for its versatility and ability to pair well with a wide range of foods.
Regional Styles: Pinot Blanc is grown in many wine regions, with different regions producing distinct styles of wines. In France, it is often used as a blending grape in sparkling wines, as well as in still wines in regions such as Alsace, where it can produce dry, off-dry, and sweet styles. In Germany, Pinot Blanc, known as Weissburgunder, is grown in several regions and is typically vinified as a dry white wine with good acidity. In Italy, Pinot Blanc is known as Pinot Bianco and is used in the production of still and sparkling wines.