But what is considered to be the world’s most elegant red wine is also a nightmare for winemakers. Why? The grape itself is highly susceptible to wine diseases or mutations and is extremely sensitive to any changes in soil or weather conditions. In short, it takes a lot of care and skill to vinify Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir & Burgundy
One region excels at cultivating Pinot Noir and is known as its homeland: Burgundy. This famous wine region is located south of Champagne, its main city being Dijon – yes, like the mustard. The French winemakers focus more on soil and climate than of the grape itself. Pinot Noir and Burgundy, Burgundy and Pinot Noir – their alliance is mythical.
Pinot Noir in the World
Pinot Noir is also one of the varieties that have travelled most outside its original borders, adapting to different viticultural regions, especially the cold ones, contributing to building their reputations as wine regions. The differences in terroir are greatly reflected in Pinot Noir, which makes it a fascinating wine. Whilst Pinot Noir tends to have earthy notes of mushrooms and cloves in the Old-World wines (France, Germany, Italy), its taste changes dramatically to red fruit and plenty of spices in the New-World ones (California, Argentina, Australia, NZ).