Pinot noir is one of the most important and high-quality red-wine grapes grown today and is one of the oldest grapes to be cultivated. The term "Pinot" possibly comes from the French for spruce cones ("pin") and is a reference to the grape's shape. It makes high demands on the location and climate. It also requires a good, fertile and deep soil. In the right conditions, this grape then produces elegant and full-bodied red wines with delicately fruity and earthy aromas. The "Pinot noir rosé" (usually aged into a dry wine) and the trendy "Blanc de noirs" varieties are also lots of fun – best enjoyed chilled during the hotter periods of the year.