The first-class red grape variety Pinot noir or Pinot nero is known as the “King of red wines ”
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Pinot noir, a well-known and widespread red grape variety, is considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world. It is cultivated especially in the area around Egna on the Wine Road where it thrives very well. There are only speculations about the area of origin of Pinot noir: The grape variety, already known for 2,000 years, presumably originates from the area between Lake Geneva (Switzerland) and the Rhône Valley (France) or the Swiss canton of Valais. It is believed to be a natural cross between Pinot meunier and Traminer.
The vine requires a warm Mediterranean climate and a loamy and chalky soil, good ventilation and fresh nights. Pinot noir grapes result in a full-bodied red wine with a high tannin level, which stays for some months in wooden barrels. The elegant wines are ruby red or garnet red in colour and have a very intensive and long-lasting aroma of cherries or wild berries. They are excellent accompanied with red meat, game and spicy cheeses.
Serving temperature: 16 to 18 degrees C