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
- Advanced Wine Profile / Dig Deeper
What colour wine is Gewürztraminer?
Gewürztraminer is a very pale white wine.
Wine Body Type
Gewürztraminer usually has an alcohol volume between 13.5% and 15%, so this wine would be considered medium-to-full bodied.
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
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?
Top Gewurztraminer Producing Countries
Old World Regions
- Alsace, France
New World Regions
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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.
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
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.
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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