Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in cooler regions. These areas are considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world. The grape “home” wine region is Burgundy, France, particularly in Côte-d'Or. Burgundy's climate is continental with fairly warm summers and cold winters. The vineyards slope gently down towards the east and because of this, the vines have a long exposure to the sun while in the afternoon, they avoid the heat.
The soil varies tremendously but almost all the vineyards have a limestone base of soil overlaid with limestone, marl or a mix with sand and gravel. Where the content of marl is dominant, more red wine grapes grow. The soil in parts of Burgundy, can also be very chalky , making it good for drainage. They have a higher average temperature which assists in the ripening of the grapes. Burgundy is also the only region that has achieved consistent success with planting this vine varietal. Kosher wines are made by the Abarbanel family and their wines are produced in Château de la Salle, Burgundy.
In the United States, the best grapes can be found in Willamette Valley, Oregon and California’s Sonoma County. Here, the grape is very popular as a single varietal wine. In California, you can find the kosher winery Baron Herzog. They make an excellent kosher wine of the Pinot Noir varietal.
Pinot Noir produces an almost magical wine in their dept and character. They have a largely broad range of bouquets, flavors and textures where the wine is one of the most popular ones in the world. The wine ages very well in good years and develops a complex fruit and forest flavors as they age. They often reach their peak 15-20 years after the vintage. It is described as “a romantic wine” and as “sex in a glass