Pinot Noir grapes make one of the most popular wines in the world. It represents delicate, elegant, and feminine wines. The grapes are sensitive to climate, soil and geography. Pinot Noir grapes are thin-skinned. Originating in Burgundy, France Pinot Noir has a long history of cultivation; the earliest record it of is during the 1st century A.D. and at that period the grape was known as Pinor Vermei. Pinot Noir is now widely planted, the largest growing area is in Bourgogne, France, followed by the USA and New Zealand.