Is Pinot Grigio a Bubbly or Still Wine?

Last Updated on August 1st, 2023

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Most traditional wine drinkers refrain from their modern counterparts when considering white wines, specifically Pinot Grigio. Instead, these wines come from Europe mostly, commonly from the regions in France, Germany, and Italy. 

Today though, you may find in a nightclub a Pinot Grigio with a spritz. Today’s youth desire fruitier, bubblier cocktails, and the US vineyard has stepped up and provided fresh new drinks for the ever-changing market. 

A bottle of Pinot Grigio and a glass on a wooden surface in front of a window - Is Pinot Grigio a Bubbly or Still Wine?

Is Pinot Grigio bubbly?

Naturally, within some point a second, most often unintentional, fermentation takes place, causing a fizz. The most common cause is because air got in.

Simply put, if you see bubbles in your Pinot Grigio, get a new bottle unless you are looking for a carbonated wine, in which case champagne might be your better choice. 


Is Pinot Grigio always fizzy?

Depending on the occasion, the host will decide the fizziness of a Pinot Grigio. There is the possibility of mixing the Pinot Grigio with champagne or other sparkling cider/juice. 

Bartender Jamie Boudreau offers us a simple recipe for one of these new-age hosting mixes. 


  • Fill a pitcher with a bottle of Pinot Grigio.
  • Add two ounces of gin, rum, vodka, or pisco. 
  • Then pour in an additional four ounces of clear liquor (St. German or fruity liquors) 
  • Add a couple of slices of lemon and lime, along with several pieces of choice fruits like raspberries, peaches, or blackberries. 
  • Let the mixture sit for a couple of hours before serving over ice.


How can I make Pinot Grigio fizzy or bubbly?

Today, there is a culture of modern white wine spritzers, and these mixed drinks call for carbonated club soda or other carbonated beverages. Thus, the old wine is a new twist on the classic citrusy, acidic notes of traditional Pinot Grigio.

Here are some simple ingredients from a popular recipe that will be perfect for the hot summer day and given the low alcohol content, less belligerent guests, and budget-friendly. 


  • Two bottles of Pinot Grigio
  • Two cans of sparkling water, better with fresh fruit juice. 
  • One orange, one lime, one lemon 
  • For more carbonation, add sparkling water. 

Final Thoughts on Pinot Grigio’s Texture

Pinot Grigio is known for its low alcohol content and citrusy, acidic taste. 

Today, modern white wine drinkers have created a carbonated mix drink that takes the old wine and gives it a new twist. 

Check the cork and seal when purchasing a bottle of wine; there can be unintended consequences.

When picking a vintage, consider the US has a more modern twist. The European vintages will have a more traditional flavor pallet.