The origins of this grape can be traced back to France and Germany, where it is cultivated with success in Alsace, Burgundy, and Champagne, i.e. cool climate zones.
It appears that it was imported into Italy by general Sambuy, a native of Turin, during the first half of the 19th century, the period of the wars for independence, wars which led to the unification of Italy.
This variety then reached the territory of the former Most Serene Republic and here, in the Lison Pramaggiore zone and in the Piave river valleys, found ideal conditions for expressing all of its personality. The Pinot Grigio already known and prized by the Venetians entered in this way into the viticulture of this area. It is in the territory of the Venezia DOC appellation that 40% of Italy’s Pinot Grigio – which has become one of the world’s major wines – is cultivated.
The Venezia DOC appellation selected the grape for its representative character, both historically and territorially.