Growing grapes in Oregon

The sun is shining and the grapes are maturing. We are often asked if pinot gris and pinot noir are the same grape and that the gris is just taken off the skins. The answer is that they are different grapes, in fact, gris is a color mutation of noir. Therefore, you do not see the difference until the grapes begin veraison, color change and ripening. The pinot gris ,or grey grape, is on the left.