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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > VARIETAL CLASSICS: Pinot Grigio

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Varietal Classics: Pinot Grigio

2016 Gold: 1 Silver: 2 Bronze: 2 Commended: 2
2015 Gold: 2 Silver: 2 Bronze: 2 Commended: 7

So, have we reached Peak Grigio? We saw fewer entries here this year, and also more tasters talking about how customers either choose prosecco or Sauvignon Blanc, or are happy to be talked into something else.

All of which means that either a) this is a drink that sells with no help from the sommelier (or competitions like this – hence the lower entries) or b) the Grigio boom has happened and the wine is on its way out. Not a bad time to sell any shares you’ve got in northern Italian vineyards, perhaps.


‘We used to have four Pinot Grigios when I moved to the restaurant, now we have just one, but it’s still working well. People want something cheap but easy drinking. Ours is £28 – the cheapest used to be at £22 and £20.’ Georgi Mihov, Bohemia Bar and Restaurant

‘We struggled to get medals in the Old World flight. The New World was better. Pricing was OK, but you also need quality. The European wines were often a bit unbalanced and watery, sometimes with too much alcohol as well.’ Frédéric Jean-Yves Billet, Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa

‘That lower end of the market is susceptible to trends. The likes of proseccos and Pinot Grigios tend to fluctuate, and we do build our lists according to what trends people are following. Pinot Grigio is no longer considered a volume wine for us, so we’re looking at higher-quality wines, like Alsace Pinot Gris. People are looking for different styles of wine at the lower end now.’ Mya Brown, The Ledbury

‘People are more likely to spend a bit more on something they know the name of, like Pinot Grigio.’ Jade Koch, team leader

“Pinot Grigio was like the story five years ago. Now the groups of girls order prosecco or Sauvignon Blanc.” Mya Brown, The Ledbury

FOOTNOTE: The price limit for the Varietal Classics category is £12 ex-VAT. Pinot Gris/Grigio can also be entered in the relevant New or Old World category.

Award winners

Found 7 wines

Varietal Classics: Pinot Grigio - <£12 ex-VAT

Cavit, Bottega Vinai, Pinot Grigio 2015, Trentino, Italy

Gold medal winner

'Fresh, clean, delicate and elegant,' said a happy Sunaina Sethi of JKS Restaurants of this Gold winner, adding: 'Nice length – and great value.' Frédéric Jean-Yves Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa found 'nice fruit, lemon peel and peach blossom notes on a long finish'. 'Stone fruit, easy-drinking, soft and fresh,' agreed The Ledbury's Mya Brown.

£6.85 Boutinot

Spencer Hill, Latitude 41, Pinot Gris 2015, Nelson, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

'An off-dry, aromatic style with some petrolly notes along with lychee and peach fruit,' began Frédéric Jean-Yves Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, while Georgi Mihov of Bohemia Bar and Restaurant also noted 'intense lime and grapefruit with medium body, crisp and refreshing'.

£10.00 McKinley Vintners

Argento, Pinot Grigio 2015, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

'Pretty fruit, dancing and lively for a pleasant, happy glass,' began team leader Jade Koch, with Frédéric Jean-Yves Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa noting: 'Good clean nose, blossom notes with tropical fruit, papaya, banana and hints of yeast.'

£6.74 Bibendum

Saint Clair, Pinot Gris 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

Fresh, green fruit with subtle lychee notes on the nose, baked pear and quince. Clean and cool on the palate, with a nice touch of richness mid-palate and clean, fruity persistence on the finish.

£10.92 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Bartolomeo Breganze, Le Colline di San Giorgio, Pinot Grigio 2015, Veneto, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Easy, soft and fresh, with pear drop notes on the nose and tropical flavours on the palate. Great pick for a gastropub house wine,' suggested Mya Brown of The Ledbury, with team leader Jade Koch also noting 'freshness, vitality, crisp pears and blossom notes, refreshing and sunny'.

£5.54 Majestic Commercial

Cavit , Terrazze della Luna, Pinot Grigio 2015, Trentino , Italy

Commended medal winner

£5.60 Boutinot

The Wine People, Frederico, Collezione, Pinot Grigio 2015, Veneto, Italy

Commended medal winner


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