What is Gewürztraminer?

Gewürztraminer is a dry or medium sweet, aromatic white wine. It contains very low acidity and high alcohol content. Its dominant flavours are rose and lychee.

In this post, we’ll cover some quick facts on the Gewürztraminer wine varietal and give you an in-depth analysis of the wine profile to help you understand the Vitis vinifera var Gewürztraminer grape variety.

 

Table of Contents

 

Introductory Wine Profile:
Quick Facts About the Gewürztraminer Wine Variety

 

Appearance

What colour wine is Gewürztraminer?

Gewürztraminer is a very pale white wine.

white-wine-glass

 

Wine Body Type

Gewürztraminer usually has an alcohol volume between 13.5% and 15%, so this wine would be considered medium-to-full bodied.

 

Sweetness

Is Gewürztraminer dry or sweet?

Gewürztraminer wine can be dry, sweet or semi-sweet.

 

Flavours & Aromas

  • Fruit: Tropical Fruit, Stone Fruit, Lychee, Passion Fruit
  • Floral: Floral, Rose
  • Spice: Ginger, Honey
  • Earth: Nut

 

Food Pairings

What foods go with Gewürztraminer wine?

Gewürztraminer goes well with spicy dishes and Indian food:

Wine & Cheese Pairings for Gewürztraminer: Alsatian, Boursin, Munster
Meat Pairings for Gewürztraminer: White meat and fish
Gewürztraminer & Vegetable Pairing: Fruit Salad

 

How to Serve this Wine

To get the best flavour out of your wine, you should serve Gewürztraminer at 12-15°C (55-60°F).

 

Comparable Wine Styles

What is Gewürztraminer similar to?

Try a Gewürztraminer, if you like Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño.

 


How to pronounce Gewürztraminer:

ga-VERTZ-trah-MEEN-er


 

Where are the first Gewurztraminer wines from?

Top Gewurztraminer Producing Countries

Old World Regions

  • Alsace, France
  • Germany

New World Regions

  • Australia
  • USA
  • Canada

 

Our favourite examples of this wine varietal

 

(VIDEO) How to Pronounce Gewürztraminer

Advanced Information on Vitis vinifera Gewürztraminer Grape Variety

 

The Origin of the Grape Name

What is the scientific name for Gewürztraminer?

Pronounced, “G-Uh-voortz-truh-MEEner”, and also commonly shortened to “G-uh-voortz”, the scientific name for Gewürztraminer is Vitus vinifera Gewürztraminer. The white varietal is well known for its strongly-aromatic personality. The German word Gewürztraminer translates to “spice traminer” (but more abstractly, “perfume”); and it comes from the old-world family line of white wine grapes called, “Traminer”. The Traminer grapes are all well known for their aromatic qualities; however, Gewürztraminers are known to be the most fragrant. It is often used as an introductory varietal, only second to Sauvignon Blanc (which is technically a sister varietal), its strong aroma and flavour profiles are easy to isolate when doing a taste analysis by new wineos.

It is not uncommon to experience spritz on the tongue when you drink a gewurz (or see light bubbles form in the glass) this effervescence or petillant nature is generally desired and helps increase the freshness of the wine.

 

Synonyms of this Wine Varietal

As a member of the highly-instable family of Traminer grapes, Gewürztraminer is sometimes labeled as the following; however, they should be regarded as related variants rather than exact synonyms. Red Traminer / Roter Traminer, Cleverner, Klävner, Klevner von Heiligenstein, Kleiner Traminer, Savagnin Rose, Gentil Rose Aromatique, Traminer Aromatico, Tramini Piro, Mala Dinka.

 

Tasting Profile of the Gewürztraminer Grape Variety

What are the characteristics of Gewürztraminer?

Aroma, Flavours & Mouthfeel of Gewürztraminer Wine

What does Gewürztraminer taste like?

Off-dry/sweeter Gewürztraminer has hints of Tropical Fruit, Stone Fruit, Peach, Pear, Grape, Grapefruit, Lychee, Pine Apple and is lower in alcohol.
Dry Gewürztraminer has hints of Floral, Rose, Orange Blossom, Passion Fruit and is higher in alcohol.
Other aromas include Ginger, Honey, Nut

 

Grape Variety Terroir

In what conditions does Gewurztraminer grow?

The Gewürztraminer grapevine grows best in cooler, mild climates where they can receive bright light, but remain cool. The grapes range from pale pink-to-grey to red, but they are a white grape and lack the deep purple/blue-to-black color of red wine varietals.

 

Biology of the Grape Variety

The Gewürztraminer vine is a mutation of Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes have thick skin and mature easily. Sugar content builds quickly and as sugar increases, acidy declines. In some cases, if the grapes are left to ripen too long, the wine will not be acidic enough to be enjoyable. Foliage which is too densely clustered around grapes can lead to bunch rot, so vintners will practice defoliation around the fruit in an effort to increase air-flow.

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