Today, August 18, is a day of celebration for Pinot Noir wine lovers around the world, as it is International Pinot Noir Day, a holiday that belongs to Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is arguably one of the world’s most famous red grape varieties, planted in many regions of the world and producing many highly acclaimed wines, some of which are among the most expensive in the world. So, what do you know about Pinot Noir and the wines it makes? On this special day of International Pinot Noir Day, why not follow the wine world to learn some Pinot Noir knowledge!
Precious and capricious
Pinot Noir is a grape variety with a very long history, having become popular in Gaul (later France) in the 1st century AD. Pinot” in the foreign name of Pinot Noir is derived from the French word “Pin” (pine, pine wood), referring to its compact and pine-like bunches, while “Noir Noir” means “black” in French and refers to the dark skin of the grape. The literal meaning of “Pinot Noir” allows us to infer some of the characteristics of this variety – dark skin and pine-cone-shaped bunches.
Pinot Noir is recognized as a “delicate and capricious” wine that is very sensitive to the growing conditions. It is notoriously picky about climate and soil, preferring mild or cool climates, although it will not ripen if the climate is too cool, and hot climates can cause Pinot Noir to lose its elegant aromas and produce overly jammy flavors. As a thin-skinned variety, Pinot Noir is also susceptible to temperature fluctuations and sunburn, and its compact grape size makes it more susceptible to disease than other grape varieties, making it less resistant to disease. Only by combining the right growing conditions with the careful care of the winegrowers can Pinot Noir create elegant and refined wines with excellent aging potential.Pinot family