A grape varietal, most notably known as Pinot Gris, used in the production of white to slightly pink wine. Believed to have originated in the Alsace region of France. It is a clone of the red Pinot Noir varietal. Also grown in Friuli Italy (largest producer), limited amounts in the United States (primarily California and Oregon), Germany, Austria, Rumania and Hungary. Alsace, France produces the highest quality Pinot Gris; it is of average quality when produced elsewhere. It is blended with a wide range of varietals, such as Pinot Noir, to add richness and lightness.