Grape Of The Week: Gewurztraminer

Similar to Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer is a pink-skinned grape that is easily recognizable because of its deep colored wines. Also known as Roter Traminer and Traminer Aromatico, Gewürztraminer translates to ‘spice traminer’ in German, which has more to do with the aromatics of the grape, instead of its flavor profile. With notes of lychee, rose, citrus, ginger, and hints of savory bacon fat if aged, Gewurztraminer is perfect alongside cheeses like Gorgonzola and Munster, as well as spicy fare, Moroccan food, and ceviche. 

Gewurztraminer Wines From The Greene Grape

A grape with uncertain origins, Alsace, France is considered Gewurztraminer's adoptive homeland. Preferring cool climates with dry, warm summers, Gewurztraminer thrives on the foothills of the Alps. It spans across 12,800 hectares and can be found in France, Italy, Moldova, the United States, and Germany. In Alsace, various styles of Gewurztraminer are produced ranging from dry and crisp to lusciously sweet. Meanwhile, Gewurztraminer from Alto Adige, Italy tends to be dry or off-dry, delivering bright acidity and minerality.

Looking to indulge? Here are some wines to try:

Brandborg Gewurztraminer 2022

Eno-Trio Macerato Traminer Aromatico 2022

Grape Photo Credit: Ursula Brühl, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI) Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen Institut für Rebenzüchtung Geilweilerhof - 76833 Siebeldingen - GERMANY