Made popular in some circles by the movie Sideways, Pinot noir became one of the most romanticized red wines in the world. Pinot Noirs are somewhat notorious and associated with wine snobs because they are so rare and hard to grow. Pinot noir enthusiast tends to insist they are the only red wine variety worthy of attention. However, this should not discourage you from sampling a great Pinot noir as they have become more accessible in recent times. Here are some interesting things you should know about Pinot noir grape varieties and share with friends as you enjoy on a glass of fruity and light alcoholic Pinot noir wine.

A brief history on Pinot noir

Pinot noir is native to the Burgundy region of France where they are called red burgundy, an ode to the region they originated from. Although it’s specific origin is unknown due to how ancient this variety is, The name is gotten from the French word for black and pine which describes the way a bunch of Pinot noir grapes grows in tight clusters shaped like a pine cone. Pinot noir is one of the older varieties of grape and since they are easily mutated, there are several clones of Pinot noirs all around the world. These grapes are susceptible to hazards that affect grapes because of how close together they grow and this contributes to the difficulty of growing them. They are also a key ingredient used to create champagnes and other varieties of sparkling white wines.

Approximately how many hectares/acres of Pinot noir is grown globally

Pinot noir grows and flourishes well in cooler climates with grapes grown in such climates having notes of Wet leaves, rosemary, and beetroot while those grown in medium climates usually have strawberry, raspberry, and cherry notes. There are approximately 115,000 hectares (285,000 acres ) of Pinot noir grown globally as at the year 2015. Pinot noir is another grape variety that reflects its terroir – the region, soil, and climate conditions of the area it was grown in its quality. Pinot noir is now planted all over in places like France, Germany, the United States, Moldova, and Italy.

Wine colors of Pinot noir

Pinot noir is usually a pale red which is one of the easiest ways to recognize it. Young Pinot noir is light bodied and a pale berry red enough that you can see right through the liquid. Some winemakers in burgundy are able to get a darker shade of red in some Pinot noir wines when the grape skins are exposed to the wine for some time.

Pinot noir is also used in making champagne and other sparkling white wines, where the grapes are pressed and the skin is immediately separated from the juice so that it does not take on the tint of the grape skin.

Grape skin color and sweetness level of Pinot noir

The skin of Pinot grapes is thin and is a has a variety of colors due to the numerous mutations it has. However, as the name suggests, the skin color of a Pinot noir grape is black.

Pinot noir is a full-bodied dry wine scoring a 0-00 on the sweetness chart which means it is not sweet at all and leaves a dry picker feeling in your mouth after you swallow because of the high levels of tannin in it.


One of the more notorious vintages, Pinot noir is rare and difficult to cultivate but the end result is well worth it. They are best paired with red meats, cheeses, and fish