Gewurztraminer is a pink-skinned grape variety responsible for especially aromatic, full-bodied white wines. Deeply colored, Gewurztraminer boasts an exotic nose of lychees and roses, and has a glycerol and oily mouthfeel. Since Gewurztraminer has naturally high sugar levels it can produce a high in alcohol dry wine or a sweet, dessert wine. Even most dry Gewurztraminers tend to have a notable degree of residual sugar.
The name literally means "Spice Traminer", or "Perfumed Traminer".
The history of the Traminer family is complicated, and not helped by its rather unstable genome. The story starts with the ancient Traminer variety, a green-skinned grape that takes its name from the Italian village of Tramin (Termeno), located in the northeastern region of Alto Adige/South Tyrol. The famous ampelographer Pierre Galet thought that Traminer was identical to the green-skinned Savagnin Blanc that makes vin jaune in the Jura. More recently it has been suggested that Savagnin Blanc acquired slight differences in its leaf shape and geraniol content as it travelled to the other end of the Alps.
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