Pinot Grigio – not only from Italy
A refreshing white from Antinori’s Tűzkő Estate
Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio became immensely popular in the United Kingdom and it is still one of the most sold white wines. As Oz Clarke renowned wine writer said “Pinot Gris has the potential to be one of the world’s great white grapes, in some of the world’s most unlikely places.” David Wyatt from Virgin Wines quotes mentions a reason behind the popularity quoting Dave Roberts wine buyer: “Pinot Grigio is without doubt the world’s favourite Italian white grape variety. The secret to its success has to be the charm of its simple and easy going flavour profile. It’s not a grape variety that makes wines that task the drinker with layers of complexity. PG is just a straight up glass of orchard fruit refreshment, nothing more, nothing less and if you’re serving up simple pizza and pasta dishes you’d be hard pressed to find a better bed mate.”
Tűzkő Pinot Grigio – with a bronze from New York
In Hungary the grape is known as Szürkebarát and has grown for a long time, it was the favourite of our parents back in the 70s, and it is a key player in many wine regions nowadays (for example in Mátra or Badacsony).
Tűzkő Estate in Tolna wine region names its Szürkebarát wine using the Italian name – no wonder, the estate belongs to the Super Tuscan legend, Marchese Piero Antinori. The estate makes a refreshing, easy going, lovely Pinot Grigio – with great success. As we reported earlier, the 2020 vintage received bronze medal along with two other Tűzkő wines at Finger Lakes Wine Competition. Finally the medals have arrived at the estate (as featured in our cover photo). Tűzkő’s Pinot Grigio is indeed a great example of the variety boasting a bouqet of the flowers of the meadow and some green herbs in the finish. A lovely, full bodied wine wine which pairs well with fish dishes and even more complex plates made of poultry.