Pinot Blanc is a white grape, that is a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir. It is grown in Alsace, Germany and Austria. Know as Pinot Bianco, plantings are extensive in Italy, in Friuli-Venezia, the Alto Adige and the Veneto. In Alto Adige it is often fermented and matured in oak barrels.
In Alsace, it is used to make varietal Pinot Blanc, blended into Edelzwicker, and is the main component of Cremant d`Alsace. It lacks the aromatic qualities of other Alsatian grape varieties, but still retains its acidity. It can not be used for the Grand Cru or late harvest wines in Alsace.
In Australia there is very limited production from small producers in the cool climates of Victoria and Tasmania. Pinot Blanc produces a crisp white wine, with high acid, low tannin and hints of apples, honey and yeast.