Pinot Gris, a mutation of Pinot Noir, produces soft, gently perfumed wines with more substance and colour than most white wines.
The classic region for Pinot Gris in France is Alsace. Alsatian Pinot Gris are rich full-bodied wines with ginger, banana and melon (and sometimes honey) flavours which can be partnered with food without the distraction of too much aroma.
The Pinot Grigios grown in Friuli-Venezia Giulia are usually dry with medium acidity, and can also show some of the ripe nuttiness and honeyed character reminscent of their Alsatian cousins.
New Zealand Pinot Gris is also growing in popularity and is often made in the Alsatian model.