WHERE PINOT LIVES …
Delicate and finicky, pinot noir is a tough grape to grow. Even when conditions are climactically perfect, there are a myriad of things that can challenge even the best and bravest of vignerons. For a long time, the best examples of pinot noir were being produced in Burgundy, France – the region considered to be the varietal’s spiritual home – and while there’s no denying that Burgundy still produces brilliant wines, it’s no longer the only wine region doing so.
Temperate climates in regions in Australia and New Zealand – such as the Mornington Peninsula and Central Otago – make them perfect for growing pinot noir grapes. The unique terroir of each means they’re producing their own unique expressions of pinot noir too.
It’s not just Australia and New Zealand that are making excellent pinot noir. The United States, particularly on the West Coast in regions like Santa Barbara, Sonoma County and Oregon, is producing wines that would give Burgundy a run for its money.
Much like music, it all comes down to a question of style and what you like.
Here, we explore just a few of the regions globally that are growing and making some world class pinot noir, in true Pinot Palooza style, of course