Facebook pixel

Pinot Noir grapes

Pinot noir is an extremely popular red wine grape variant belonging to the Vitis vinifera specie.

This wine derives its name from the French words for black and pine, since this dark coloured grape used for making this wine seems as if it is in the shape of a tightly clustered, pine cone shaped bunch.

Pinot noir grapes are mostly grown in the cooler climes of the world and are chiefly associated with Burgundy region of France.

Other regions, which have developed a reputation for Pinot Noir, include, Willamette Valley of Oregon, Walker Bay region of South Africa, Central Coast, Carneros and Russian River, American viticultural Areas of California in USA, Yarra Valley and Tasmania of Australia and the Central Otago, Marlborough and Martinborough regions of New Zealand.

Pinot noir grape variants are also, one of the primary ingredients used in the production of sparkling wines, not only in the Champagne region, but across the wine regions of the world.

Pinot Noir Wine Characteristics

The Pinot Grape variants produce one of the finest wines in the world.

The only problem with this grape variant is, it is extremely challenging to cultivate it and transform it into wine.

These grape variants tend to develop in tightly packed clusters, which make it extremely susceptible to several viti-cultural hazards, which include rotting, and hence these grape variants require proper canopy management.

In general, these grape variants are weak, with them suffering from many diseases. The genetics of this grape also makes it highly susceptible to mutation.

The Pinot grape has a thin skin and contains low levels of phenolic compounds, which tends to produce a light coloured, rather pale, translucent, medium bodied, low tannin wine, which requires considerable amount of aging.

This wine produces a very subtle flavour. Young, Pinot Noir wines tend to have a red fruit aroma of raspberries, strawberries and cherries.

Older and aged wines tend to develop vegetal and barnyard aromas, which rather increase the complexity of the wine.

Pinot Noir Wine Regions

Pinot Noir variants of grapes occupy around 117,000 hectares (290,000 acres) of plantation land worldwide.

These plantation lands happen to be in the following regions of the following countries:

  • Nuits St. Georges, Morey St. Denis, Vougeot, Flagney Echezeaux, Gevrey Chambertin, , Chambolle Musigny, Aloxe Corton, Vosne Romanee regions of France roughly accupying around 75,760 acres of land
  • Sta Rita Hills, Santa Lucia Highlands, Sonoma, , Willamette Valley regions of United states roughly occupying 73,600 acres of land
  • Pfalz, Rheinhessen, Württemberg, Baden regions of Germany roughly occupying 29,049 acres of land
  • Central Otago, Martinborough, Marlborough regions of New Zealand roughly occupying 10,648 acres of land
  • Veneto, Alto Adige, Fruili regions of Italy roughly occupying 10,082 acres of land
  • Victoria region of Australia roughly occupying 8,693 acres of land
  • Maipu Valley, Casablanca Valley, Limari Valley, Central Valley regions of Chile roughly occupying 7,127 acres of land
  • Rio Negro region of Argentina roughly occupying 4,450 acres of land
  • Stellenbosch, Walker Bay, Western Cape region of South Africa roughly occupying 2,520 acres of land

Pinot Noir Wine taste and flavours

The fruity notes associated with Pinot Noir wines include cherry, Raspberry and Cranberry.

The earthy, vegetable and herbal or floral notes associated with Pinot Noir wines include tobacco, cola, caramel, clove, licorice, mushroom, vanilla and wet leaves.

Pinot Noir wine, when aged for long, tends to give out French Oak barrel flavour. As far as tannin level is concerned, it is medium low, with medium high levels of acidity.

This wine needs to be aged for 2-18 years depending on the style it is prepared in.

As far as temperature to be served at is concerned, it should ideally be 17 degrees Celsius or 63 degrees Fahrenheit

Pinot Noir Food Pairing

Pinot Noir is a wine, which goes well with almost all food types.

Pinot Noir goes well with meats like that of duck, pork, chicken, veal or cured meat due to its complexity.

It also goes well a fish like salmon due to its light taste. This wine really blends well with French and German cuisine.

This wine also goes well with Soft Cheeses and nutty medium cheeses like Comté.

In fact Comté (also called as Gruyère de Comté) and Pinot Noir can form a perfect cheese and a wine pair.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

I have been online since it all began, with blogging and creating websites. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one of my passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

Are you a Copywriter?

We have a lot of articles without much content, if you can do it better, you are welcome to write a nice article, and get the proper credit for that. Read more information about beeing an author, and Contact us for more information.

Other grapes

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

Alcohol and Distilleries
Wine Grape Varieties
Wine Informations
Wine Merchants
Bar and Cocktail Equipment
Bottle Opener
Wine Accessories
Wine Opener
Alcohol Free
Brown Ale
Chinese Beer
Christmas Beer
Czech Beer
Danish Beer
English Beer
Finnish Beer
German Beer
Iceland Beer
Indian Pale Ale
Italian Beer
Japanese Beer
Mexican beer
Pale Ale
Seasonal Beer
Swedish Beer
Turkish Beer
Wheat Beer
White Ale
French Champagne
Cocktail Bitters
Cocktail Mixer
Cocktail Muscat
Cocktail Shakers
Fruit Juice
Mead and Tonic Wine
Soft Drinks
Spirits Mixer
Dessert Wine
Argentinian Dessert Wine
Australian Dessert Wine
Chile Dessert Wine
English Dessert Wine
French Dessert Wine
Fruit and Ginger Wine
German Dessert Wine
Hungarian Dessert Wine
Italian Dessert Wine
Madeira and Marsala
New Zealand Dessert WIne
Portugal Dessert Wine
South African Dessert Wine
Spanish Dessert Wine
Cognac and Brandy
Eau De Vie
Gin & Genever
Gran Marnier
Irish Liqueur
Irish Vodka
RTD'S (Ready to Drink)
Tequila & Mescal
Port Wine
Portuguese Port Wine
Portuguese White Port
Ruby Port Wine
Tawny Port Wine
Red Wine
American Red Wine
Argentina Red Wine
Australian Red Wine
Austrian Red Wine
Bulgarian Red Wine
Chile Red Wine
English Red Wine
French Red Wine
Georgia Red Wine
German Red Wine
Greek Red Wine
Hungarian Red Wine
Italian Red Wine
New Zealand Red Wine
Portuguese Red Wine
South African Red Wine
Spanish Red Wine
Uruguay Red Wine
Rosé Wine
American Rosé Wine
Australian Rosé Wine
Chile Rosé Wine
English Rosé Wine
French Rosé Wine
German Rosé Wine
Italian Rosé Wine
New Zealand Rosé Wine
Portuguese Rosé Wine
South African Rosé Wine
Spanish Rosé Wine
Sparkling Wine
American Sparkling Wine
Argentina Sparkling Wine
Cyprus Sparkling Wine
French Sparkling Wine
German Sparkling Wine
Italian Sparkling Wine
South African Sparkling Wine
Spanish Sparkling Wine
Walisisch Sparkling Wine
Blended Malt Whisky
Blended Whisky
Bourbon & USA Whiskey
Grain Whisky
Irish Whiskey
Other Whisky
Scotch Whisky
Single Malt Whisky
White Wine
American White Wine
Argentina White Wine
Australian White Wine
Austrian White Wine
Chile White Wine
English White Wine
French White Wine
Georgia White Wine
German White Wine
Greek White Wine
Hungarian White Wine
Italian White Wine
New Zealand White Wine
Slovakian White Wine
South African White Wine
Spanish White Wine
Chile Wine
English Wine
Exclusive Wines
Fine Wine
French Wine
German Wine
Italian Wine
New Zealand Wine
Port Sherry Madeira
Portugal Wine
Spanish Wine
Wine Gifts
Beer Gifts
Gift Packaging
Spirit Gifts
Wine & Champagne Gifts

Wine Tours

No ratings yet.

Give this page a High Five!

Save up to 20%

Get our newsletter with the promotional code, and save a lot of money!

You will now recieve our Newsletters, Thank You :-)

See all of Our Promotional Codes and benefits here

Online Shopping and World's Best Wines

Save up to 20%

Receive our newsletter and get the latest news, promotional codes and freebies

You will now recieve our Newsletters, Thank You :-)

See all of Our Promotional Codes and benefits here