French term for a pale red wine produced from red (dark) grapes, similar to a rosé. This literally means "grey wine", although this is not necessarily to be understood in terms of colour. It does not undergo maceration, but is actually pressed like a white wine. If necessary, the must rests on the mash for only a short time and is then drawn off. With champagne this process is called Blanc de noirs. It is a French speciality in Lorraine (Côtes de Toul) and among the wines of the regional IGP Val de Loire. This style of wine is also popular in Morocco, where it is mostly made from Cinsaut, Grenache Noir(Garnacha Tinta) and Cabernet Sauvignon red grapes.
A vin gris corresponds to the wine types Gleichgepresster (Austria), Kretzer (South Tyrol), Süßdruck (Switzerland) and Weißherbst (Germany). An even lighter version of the Vin gris is Gris de gris, which is, however, made from red white wine grapes such as Pinot Gris.
Complete lists of the numerous vinification measures or cellar techniques, as well as the various types of wine, sparkling wine and distillate regulated by wine law are included under the keyword vinification. Comprehensive information on wine law can be found under the keyword wine law.