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Gewürztraminer (France)

Gewürztraminer originates from Italy, but is best cultivated in Alsace where it produces one of the most Aromatic white wines in the world.

Typical Flavors


Orange
Orange
Grapefruit
Grapefruit
Peach
Peach
Pineapple
Pineapple

Ginger
Ginger
Lychee
Lychee
Flowers
Rose Petals
Pepper
Pepper

Gewürztraminer is known for its Exotic aroma explosion.

Orange. Grapefruit. Peach. Pineapple. Mango. Passion Fruit. Ginger. Lychee. Rose Petals. Perfume. Spice. Pepper. Smoke.

Profile

SUGAROff -Dry
BODYMedium - High
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium - Low
Serving temperature:
Off-Dry 6-8°C (43-46°F)
Dry 8-10°C (46-50°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Aperitif
Asian
Sweet
Sour
Pâté
Pâté
Soups
Soups

Chicken
Chicken
Chili
Chili
Strong Cheese
Strong
Cheese
Fruit Cakes
Fruit
Cakes

Many Fish dishes, especially with Butter, will break with Gewürztraminer.

Gewürztraminer pairs best with light meat dishes, and is excellent with spicy dishes and oriental cuisine.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Aperitif.
Alsatian Dishes. Duck. Foie Gras. Pâté.
Seafood. Fish.
Spicy Dishes. Indian. Thai. Vietnamese. Korean. Mexican. Moroccan. Arabic.
Sweet and Sour Asian.
Sweet Vegetables (Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Squash).
Fruit Cakes (Apple, Mango, Ginger).

Cheese:
Strong Cheese. Alsatian Münster.

Alsatian Specialities:
Quiche Lorraine.
Tarte Flambe (White Pizza).

If You Like Gewürztraminer

You May Also Like:

Chenin Blanc - Off-Dry (France)
Gewürztraminer (France)
Müller-Thurgau (Germany)
Pinot Gris (France)
Ruländer (Germany)
Riesling Spätlese (Germany)
Traminette (USA)
Vouvray Off-Dry (France)

The Ideal Glass

A small Tulip Shaped glass is the best choice for off-dry white wines.

A smaller bowl also helps to serve smaller quantities, and keep the wine cold.

Remember to hold the glass by the stem!

World Famous Grapes

Gewürztraminer

Gewurztraminer

Gewürztraminer in Europe

France

In France, Gewürztraminer thrives best in the cool climate of Alsace.

Italy

Gewürztraminer's origin is in Italy's North-East region of Alto Adige (South Tyrol) where the grape appears to be a cross between the Traminer grape and the Pinot family.

Germany

German Gewürztraminers are very different the French, with a relatively dry style.

In the New World

USA

In the United States, Gewürtztraminer is mostly planted in California, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Australia

Gewürztraminer from Australias coolest regions can be quality examples. Including Adelaide Hills, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Yarra Valley, the Tasmania island, and some vineyard in the Australian Alps.

About Gewürztraminer

Gewurztraminer originates from Italy, but is more cultivated in Alsace where it produces one of the most distinctive and aromatic white wines in the world.

Gewürztraminer is a highly aromatic grape variety with a pink to red skin colour.

If you think of Sauvignon Blanc is aromatic, it is far behind Gewurztraminer in terms of flavor concentration. The word perfumed is usually not to take the mouth full.

Gewurztraminer originates from Italy, but is more cultivated in Alsace where it produces one of the most distinctive and aromatic white wines in the world.

Gewurztraminer combines aromatic richness with high alcohol content, and moderate to low acidity.

Gewurztraminer without the right balance quickly becomes vulgar, oily aroma monsters that do their best to annihilate any possible combination of food and wine.

Gewurztraminers are often good in sweeter editions, made from overripe grapes, and in such a version it can be drunk for itself or combined with goose liver.

Gewurztraminer without the right balance can be vulgar, oily aroma monsters that do not combine food and wine.

Gewürztraminer in Alsace

In Alsace, Gewürztraminer is drunk to the very strong cheese Munster.

Key Producers:

Alsace Wine Region

Alsace is dominated by white wine. 90% of all Alsace wine is white.

Wines from the Alsace region in France (in French: Vin d'Alsace) (German: Weinbau in Elsass) (English: Alsatian Wine) are primarily white wines.

Alsace in France and the Rhine region in Germany are known to produce the best Rieslings in the world, and Alsace is also famous for a especially food friendly Pinot Gris, and a highly aromatic Gewürztraminer.

In Alsace, both dry and sweet white wines are produced.

Riesling d'Alsace

In Alsace, some grapes thrive better than others, and just like in Germany (on the other side of the border), the king is Riesling.

Typical Alsatian Rieslings are dry, aromatic, a little fuller, and with more ripe fruit than the German ones.

Gewürztraminer d'Alsace

Gewürztraminer is a grape many people love. It is also a grape many people hate.

Bad Gewürztraminer can taste like bad perfume, but the good ones have fantastic aromas that no other grapes can copy: Grapefruit, Pineapple, Mango, Apricot, Lychee, Rose Petals, and Spices.

Pinot Gris d'Alsace

Italian Pinot Grigio and Alsatian Pinot Gris is the same grape, but Alsatian wines are more fruity, with more aromas, and more sweetness.

Alsatian Pinot Gris has a balanced intensity that pairs well with many types of food. It matches spicy food (Mexican, Thai), sweet and sour food (Chinese), and fat food(Foie Gras. Pâté), and often it can accompany dishes meant for red wine.

Tokay d'Alsace

According to the history, the grape Pinot Gris travelled from Alsace to Hungary in the 14th century. When it was brought back to Alsace in the 16th century, it was planted in Kientzheim under the name "Tokay" (taken from Hungary’s famous wine Tokaji).

For many centuries, Alsatian wine produced from Pinot Gris was called "Tokay d'Alsace".

However, in the 1990's, it was agreed in Europe to remove the name Tokay from non-Hungarian wine, and slowly, the today so famous Alsacian Pinot Gris was developed.

Silvaner d'Alsace

Silvaner (or Sylvaner) is a grape grown primarily in French Alsace and in the Franken region of Germany.

In Germany it is cultivated with the official name Grüner Silvaner. Italian and Swiss Silvaner tends to be lighter and more crispy than French / German Silvaner.

Pinot Blanc d’Alsace

Pinot Blanc from Alsace, is known to be much like Chardonnay as a full body wine with good acidity.

Alsacian Pinot Blanc can show a range of flavors from apple to peach, along with nutty almond and spices depending on oak treatment.

Popular food pairings in Alsace are Omelet and Quiche.

Crémant d’Alsace

Crémant d 'Alsace is a sparkling wine made by the Champagne method (Méthode Champenoise)). Made from several types of grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Riesling), it can be an interesting alternative to French Champagne.

Alsace AOC

Alsatian wines are produced under three different AOCs:

  • Alsace AOC - White, Rosé, and Red wines
  • Alsace Grand Cru AOC - White wines from classified vineyards
  • Crémant d'Alsace AOC - Sparkling wines

Edelzwicker and Gentil

Edelzwicker and Gentil may be used on an Alsatian wine label.

Edelzwicker means that the wine is a mixture of different grapes.

Gentil means the same, but can only be used for AOC wines where the blend has at least 50% Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris or Gewurztraminer, and the rest can be either Sylvaner, Chasselas or Pinot Blanc. Each variety must be vinified separately, and each variety must qualify as an AOC Alsace wine alone.

Vendange Tardive

Vendange Tardive on the label, means that the grapes are harvested late. These wines are sweet like German Ausleese. Only noble root attacked grapes can be used (Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer), and Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris provide the sweetest varieties.

Sélection de Grains Nobles

Sélection de grains nobles means selected grapes that are attacked by noble rot, like German Beerenauslese.

Route des Vins d'Alsace

In the 1950's the Alsace Wine Route was opened.

Starting as a popular touring rally, it is now the jewel of Alsace.

Route des Vins d'Alsace winds 170 km from the north to the south of Alsace, passing through 70 wine-growing villages, some renowned for being some of the most beautiful villages in the world. like Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Andlau, and Obernai.

Route des Vins

The Alsace Wine Route villages organise wine and harvest festivals from April to October, including wine-tastings, folklore, processions, and other entertainment.

2008 Production

GrapeHectar (approx)
Riesling3400
Gewürztraminer2900
Pinot Gris2400
Auxerrois2200
Pinot Noir1500
Sylvaner1400
Pinot Blanc1100
Muscat350
Chardonnay90
Chasselas90
Other70
Total15500

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