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California Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio, also known in the United States as Pinot Gris, is a noble variety with origins in Alsace, France. A deviation of Pinot Noir, the Pinot Grigio grape has a pinkish-grey skin, hence the name gris (French for grey). The grape yields a clean, easy-drinking wine with flavors and aromas of stone fruits, apples, pears and citrus.

The popularity of Pinot Grigio has risen in recent years and remains strong. In terms of acres planted, the grape is California’s third-leading white variety behind Chardonnay and the blending grape French Colombard.

Pinot Gris is now grown in nearly all of the state’s major winegrowing counties.

Top 10 California Counties for Pinot Grigio Acreage, 2021
County Total Acres
San Joaquin 4,908
Fresno 1,784
Sacramento 1,669
Yolo 1,573
Madera 1,094
Monterey 1,030
Merced 631
Santa Barbara 500
Solano 435
Sonoma 397
Other 2,410
State Total 16,431
Source: California Agricultural Statistics Service
California Pinot Grigio Grape Crush Tonnage
Year Tons Crushed
2021 213,893
2020 218,360
2019 246,927
2018 275,608
2017 252,452
2016 243,736
2015 185,188
2014 181,938
2013 178,887
2012 195,453
2011 173,568
2010 145,607
2009 145,369
2008 90,235
2007 79,342
2006 76,867
2005 66,092
2004 48,280
2003 26,936
2002 17,326
2001 9,626
2000 6,596
1999 3,473
1998 1,237
1997 1,136
1996 457
1995 300
1994 71
1993 76
1992 40
1991 39
1990 36
Source: California Agricultural Statistics Service