Pinot Grigio alternatives


Pinot Grigio is incredibly popular in Ireland right now, and our best-selling whites are Pinot Grigios!  Albinoni Pinot Grigio and Vivolo Pinot Grigio have been joined recently by an Australian Pinot Grigio – Water Stop Station.  We know that many of our white wine drinking customers believe that Pinot Grigio is the most popular grape variety in the world.  (In actual fact it doesn’t even make the top 10 grapes!)

We love it for its easy-drinking style - light body, subtle flavour, lady-like alcohol levels (ahem!) and also the fact that it’s refreshing rather than bitter. It tends to be very affordable too.  So what if you are in danger of becoming a Pinot-phile, and want something similar to Pinot Grigio, but a little different?

If you don’t want to be caught out, take a look at other Italian whites.  Italian whites tend to be light and elegant, with moderate alcohol – ideal for sipping with friends, or for enjoying with light dishes like chicken, seafood or salads.   Soave, Frascati, Orvieto are relatively easy to find. Other more exotic wines include Lugana, Verdicchio, Gavi and Grillo. You can also buy Prosecco at cheap prices, which is very easy to drink.  In Molloys, we’ve an amazing range of really great Prosecco at super prices, as well as fantastic fully-sparkling spumante Prosecco.

We’ve found that a lot of people are discovering Chenin Blanc – particularly South African Chenin, where it seems to be one of the fastest-growing varietals.  It’s like a slightly zipper version of Pinot Grigio.

From Spain, Albariňho is a really easy to drink alternative to Pinot Grigio.  It’s from Galicia on the north-west coast, destination of the famous Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route.  Lovely and light, with a little bit more flintiness.  Super with simple white fish or shellfish.  There are other varieties too like Godello, worth looking out for.,

Portugal’s Vinho Verde is light and lovely, often with a little spritz, and it’s particularly low in alcohol too.  Alvarinho and Arinto are worth seeking out too.

From France, Muscadet, or Macon (a Chardonnay, generally un-oaked), fit the bill.

Here’s a few to try from our range:

Butterfly Tree Chenin Blanc - lovely hints of ripe melon, Golden Delicious apple, lemon and lime.

Fascino Organic Prosecco  - "Delicate gentle fizz with chalk dry flavours and pear" - recommended by The Irish Independent.

La Marca Prosecco Spumante – super-fine lively bubbles, and elegant notes of pear, peach, grapes.

Torres San Valentin white - subtle grape, peach and floral notes.

Ch. du Donjon Minervois Blanc - elegant and easy to drink. Flavours of pear, with hints of fennel and leafiness.

Pedra d’Auga Albariňho - elegant style of wine, with pear and apricot and hints of spring flowers. Highly recommended by the press.

Masi Soave Classico - hints of pear, spice and herbs, with some gentle citrus and a mellow finish.

Macon Villages Caves de Lugny- fresh and succulent, with flavours of minerals, peach, citrus and super length.

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