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The Burgundy wine region is the place where the Pinot Gris grape variety was initially cultivated. This fruit is a pink - skinned mutation of Pinot Noir, both of which are members of the extended Pinot grape family. One cannot distinguish between these varieties until and unless Pinot Gris berries begin maturing into their distinctive colour which can be anything from pink - orange to pale, musty purple. Gris is the French word for ‘grey’, signifying that these grapes display a light greyish tinge. Although the aromatic and flavour profiles are distinct for different regions, common features portrayed by most Pinot Gris wines are elements of apples, stone fruit, pears and sweet spices accompanied by hints of smoke or wet wool. These early - to - market - wines have low alcohol levels because Pinot Gris grapes are naturally low in acidic content and high in sugar content.