Pinot Noir is an ancient red grape from Burgundy with a fervent following. Winemakers the world over want to try his or her hand at making Pinot Noir. Why? Because it is one of the most fickle grape varieties know to man, and when it is good it is so very, very good. Pinot has to ripen slowly and ideally in cooler climates. It also produces small yields and is quite susceptible to disease. Many producers see getting this grape right as one of the greatest but most rewarding challenges.