Gewürztraminer - Rose-scented seducer
Gewürztraminer is a monument to German wine culture that has survived the centuries. From the Middle Ages until the 19th century, it was widely spread in central and eastern Europe. Today, it is primarly planted in the Pfalz, Rheinhessen and Baden - where it is called Clevner. However, it can be found in all German wine regions.
It is classified as a white variety but the skin of the grapes is yellow-reddish, which is why it is also commonly known as "roter" or "gelber" Traminer. While it is frost-resistant, it does need warm vineyard sites and soil with good drainage.
This old, traditional variety is known for its special wines of high quality. Gewürztraminer wines have a distinctive, pronounced bouquet and flavor, which are reminiscent of lychees or roses. Even when vinified dry, German Gewürztraminer is usually less austere than its Alsatian counterpart. Sweeter versions are popular here as well.