Italy: You're exploring the Italian Alps - Alto Adige, Aosta and Valtellina.
When grown with care and passion, Pinot Noir is a fabulous and food friendly red. We have world class "cold climate" Pinot Noir from winemakers in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Truly unique ones, too.
The Alpine regions of Italy are a treasure trove of ancient grape variety and delicious wines. Ignore at your peril
Valtellina is the home of steep vineyards and the most interesting Nebbiolo anywhere. Aosta has a diversity of varieties rarely seen on such a small territory. And of course Alto Adige is the home of Lagrein, Traminer, and so much more.
Pinot Noir has many other names, some of which may offer clues as to its origin - Blauburgunder, Bourguinon, Morillon and Savagnin Noir. It probably originates in France but there are many other theories which have it coming from Egypt, Italy and Germany.
The genealogy of Pinot is hugely impressive with a wide number of well known grapes coming from it particularly through its crossings with Gouais Blanc and Savagnin (not Sauvignon which are children of this crossing).