About Gewürztraminer Grapes

Are you a lover of white wines? Do you prefer paler and sweeter white wines compared to the more popular red wines? If you are then you may want to try a glass of Gewürztraminer wine. This grape makes a fruity and aromatic wine that smells like springtime at the first whiff. One of the first things you notice about this wine is the similarity of its scent to the lychee fruit. We have put together some information every wine lover should know about this flavorful grape.


A brief history of Gewurztraminer

Gewürztraminer is pronounced ga-VERTZ-trah-mee-ner and although the name is a mouthful, the taste, and flavor profiles back it up. It is often referred to as Gewurz and the grape is believed to descend from a green grape variety called traminer which originated from Tramin, a village in the German-speaking part of Italy. Traminer mutated into a variety with pink skin that was called red Traminer which then mutated into Gewürztraminer as we know it today. Gewürztraminer is predominantly grown in a region in France called Alsace. The original parent vine Traminer was recorded as far back as the 16th century before it spread down to Alsace where the more aromatic and flavorful variety is now grown. During its travels, gewurtz which means spice was added to Traminer for reasons that are still largely unknown although it could be because this sweet and aromatic wine goes so well with spicy food!


Approximately how many hectares/acres are planted globally

Gewürztraminer grown in Alsace, France has the best expression and although it is grown in other countries like Canada, Germany, Italy, and Australia, the variety is grown in Alsace is the most popular. The grape has notes of red grapefruit, pineapples, ginger, and the telltale lychee notes. It is often referred to as a grown-up Moscato because of its low acidity, high alcohol content and beautiful aromatics. The vine is easily susceptible to disease and frost and as at the year 2015, approximately 8,000 hectares (20,000 acres) of Gewürztraminer was grown worldwide which makes it a rather rare grape.


Wine colors of Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer is one of the popular pink grapes used in making white wines. Wine colors of Gewürztraminer are usually more intense than other white wines and they are most often varietal wines. Their deeper color is as a result of the color of the grapes skin although the skin is extracted immediately the grapes are pressed to avoid them staining the grape juice. Gewürztraminer wines have a deeper golden yellow hue and aging it in bottles can make it take on an amber yellow hue.


Grape skin color and sweetness levels of Gewürztraminer

The skin of the Gewürztraminer grape is a pink to rose color that is one of the rarer colors of white wine grapes. The color occurred as a mutation of the pale green Traminer grape and its child the red Traminer grape.

Because it is such an aromatic wine, Gewürztraminer is most of the time a sweet wine or off-dry depending on how it was cultivated, harvested and aged. It is rated a medium 3-4 on the wine sweetness chart.


Despite its unlikeable name, Gewürztraminer certainly has a delicate lush taste and fragrant rose aroma that goes well with white meats, cheeses, and vegetables. It’s aroma also makes it a great accompaniment for spicy food. Its high level of sugar and low acidity give it a high alcohol content of over 13%.