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Although this red wine variety, originating from the French region of Burgundy (Bourgogne), is present in other countries such as Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, United States, it is not so internationally widespread as other varieties due to the fact that it is difficult to grow and is particularly climate sensitive.
Pinot Noir has just been authorised in Navarre in 2008 and there are only a few experimental vineyards. Its northern character suggests that it should be ideally suited to the cooler zones such as Valdizarbe and Tierra Estella.
The wines obtained with Pinot Noir are delicate, light-coloured, with good acidity and medium bodied. It is generally produced as a monovarietal for young wines and aged wines alike, with the best results achieved in the latter. It is important to know that in the Champagne region the Pinot Noir is used as a "blanc de noirs" - white from reds - to obtain a white wine, used as the base for the famous local sparkling wines.