Wine facts about Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir grapes make some of the most elegant wines, thanks to their high quality, fruity flavours and smooth tannins.

Such elegance comes with a price – hard labour – as Pinot Noir is one of the hardest grapes to grow due to its thin skin that is more susceptible to disease, rain, frost and wind. This is why Pinot Noir is often expensive, unfortunately for our wallets!

In this blog, we will explore the fascinating world of Pinot Noir, a grape that is considered one of the most popular in the world. The “Holy Grail” of some wine lovers!

Where is Pinot Noir produced?


France is the birth land of Pinot Noir and the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region, and rightly so. Côte d’Or is home to some of the oldest Pinot Noir-producing vineyards in the world and Côte de Nuits produces some of the world’s best Pinot Noir. The Champagne region also produces it, as the grape is a key component of many sparkling wines. 

In Europe, Pinot Noir is produced in Hungary, Germany, and Austria, and it is also used in the UK mostly for sparkling wines and in the Italian Province of Brescia to make delicious Franciacorta sparkling wines! 

In the New World, Oregon and California in the United States are famous for producing quality Pinot Noir grapes. In fact, California is the largest producer of Pinot Noir and France is only third after Argentina. Other New World producers of Pinot Noir are Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa which are all making delicious wines. 

What to expect when sipping on a Pinot Noir?  

Flavours and aromas of Pinot Noir are mostly notes of red fruits like cherries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, pomegranate and currants — and sometimes earthy flavours of spice, truffle, mushrooms, and even "forest floor" can be found in older bottles. 

What food should you pair your Pinot Noir with? 

Pairing wise, Pinot Noir wines goes perfectly with the diversity of Italian food including our homemade lasagna, pasta and ravioli. It also pairs extremely well with any of our seafood dishes. 

Want to learn more? 

Come and try our Pinot Noir Wine Flight (more info on our events page here). We would love to show you how different climates affect Pinot Noir wines! 

Romain Renoux