Pinot Grigio, also known as Pinot Gris wines are made all over the world, and some exceptionally good white wines come from the southern hemisphere. Pinot Grigio tends to have a balanced acidity with slight sweetness, and a medium to full body. These wines also have significant variance in color, which can range from a deep yellow, to a copper color, to pink, and even sometimes to orange.
There are two major varieties of Pinot Grigio wines: Alsatian and Italian. Alsatian wines are more full-bodied and contain less acidity, and tend to have a higher alcohol level and a slightly oily texture. This style is common in the wines produced in New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia, Washington State and Oregon, where the wine often contains notable fruity notes of tropical flavors such as mango or melon. The lighter-bodied Italian style of Pinot Grigio involves an earlier harvest to minimize the acidity and the bolder fruit overtones of the Aslation style, and has a more neutral profile. Italian-style Pinot Grigio is a more common product of Old World vineyards.