Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are part of the Burgundy wine family originating from the French region of Burgundy. Both are mutations of the red Pinot Noir wine.
The German name for Pinot Blanc is Weißburgunder. First records of Pinot Blanc date back to the 14th century. In the last few decades Pinot Blanc has increased in popularity in the Palatinate and today covers almost 5 percent of the Palatine vineyards. This variety prefers warm and dry locations. It is usually light-yellow-colored and its rather discrete flavor is often associated with pears, apricots, green nuts or fresh melons. All these characteristics make it a great summer wine that is delicious with white asparagus.
German names for Pinot Gris are Grauburgunder or Ruländer. The Palatine merchant Johann Ruland discovered the wine mutation in his garden in 1711 and was a key contributor to its cultivation. About 5 percent of the total wine production in the Palatinate is dedicated to Pinot Gris. A Pinot Gris’ typical flavor reminds of melon, pear, pineapple, elderflower or honey. The best Pinot Gris contains a high degree of alcohol. The wine has a medium degree of acidity and generally has a strong yellow color. It works well with fried dishes or fish.