Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer
(Andrew and Carrie Purcell)

[guh-VOOR-stra-mee-ner]

Characteristics

Gewürztraminer is a pink-skinned mutation of the French grape Savagnin, which likely originated in what is now northeast France and southwest Germany. In keeping with its origins, Gewürztraminer is best-known and most successful in France's Alsace region, but it's also prominent in Germany and Alto Adige in northern Italy. The grape doesn't have much of a New World presence as it prefers cool climates, but it has a found a home in New York, California and Washington.

Gewürztraminer does best in clay soils, and makes wines that are typically full-bodied and ripe, with high alcohol and relatively low acidity. They are also highly aromatic, showing perfumed notes of rose, ginger, honey and orange peel, complementing grapefruit, lychee and peach fruit. The best examples strike a balance between richness and acidity. Around the world, Gewürztraminer is made in dry, off-dry and sweet styles, including late-harvest or botrytized versions.

Where it's grown

A map of the world with France, Germany, Italy, New York, California and Washington highlighted
Map by Henry Eng
France: Alsace
Italy: Trentino-Alto Adige
New York: Finger Lakes

Gewürztraminer icons

  • Alsace: Rolly Gassmann, Weinbach, Zind-Humbrecht

Suggested food pairings

  • Choucroute garnie

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