The Temperamental Pinot Noir Grape AKA The “Heartbreak Grape”

Pinot Noir is one of the oldest wine grapes which is being produced for around 2000 years. Besides being one of the oldest wine grape, Pinot Noir grape is also the 10th most planted grape variety in the world. The top three Pinot Noir producing countries are France, US and Germany. But this often called ‘heartbreak grape’ is produced in all major wine producing regions such as: Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland.


Why “Heartbreak Grape”?

This wine grape is one of the most difficult grape varieties to cultivate, hence the name “heartbreak grape”. Pinot Noir grape is thin-skinned and tightly-clustered grape what makes it susceptible to rot, fungus and temperature fluctuations more than any other wine grape variety. Thus, the term “though to deal with” is another attribute that is used to describe this grape.

Winemakers would say that the cultivating process of Pinot Noir grape is a real challenge. This said, you may be fully dedicated on planting and growing this wine grape, but due to its sensibility, it’s very probable that you won’t get the expected and desired amount of grapes. It’s like a relationship that takes a lot of your efforts and attention in order to succeed, but in the end, you do not get the love you expected and deserved. Instead you get disappointment and pain.

The cultivation of Pinot Noir grape requires a lot of attention from beginning to end. Namely, you need to keep the grape constantly nourished, otherwise it will not flourish and will give you nothing for your efforts. With that being said, there is no doubt that this thin-skinned grape variety is extremely sensitive even to the smallest temperature cjange, soil and site fluctuations, in all stages of its growing.

Main Characteristics of Pinot Noir Wines

Pinot Noir wines are widely considered to be one of the finest wines in the world . They feature light colour, low tannin content, are medium bodied and have low level of phenolic compounds and medium-to-high acidity. The main flavour and aroma characteristics of these wines involve rose, plum, black cherry, currant and berries.

Pinot Noir and Food Pairing

The taste and flavour profile of the Pinot Noir grape best matches dishes from Italian and Mexican cuisine. This wine is best paired with most meats (lamb, pork, poultry, beef and fish), and with cheeses such as: Cheddar, Edam, Gauda, Lancshire and more.