Delicious on the palate, but hard to spell, this wine is known for its aroma. Gewürztraminer is an aromatic white wine grape whose skin is pink to light red-coloured. Its origins are Germanic, but it is most known for the astonishing wines it produces in the Alsace region of France. The grape has many similarities to Muscat, but Gewürztraminer wines have higher alcohol and lower acidity.
Gewürztraminer is most known for its intensely fragrant, typically floral, aroma. It often has a very noticeable lychee aroma with hints of rose, spice and honey. It usually has medium to low acidity. Due to its natural sweetness, Gewürztraminer is often used in dessert wines.
Gewürztraminer can be found across Canada. It’s grown in many wine regions including Vancouver Island and the Okanagan Valley within British Columbia. In Ontario, it can be found throughout the Niagara Peninsula, and along the north shore of Lake Erie and Prince Edward County. Gewürztraminer prefers cooler climates and is particularly fussy about climate and soil. Go bold with Gewurztraminer - pair it with spicy Asian cuisine, the off-dry characteristics will help tone down the heat!
In summary, Gewürztraminer has the following characteristics:
- Aromatic white wine grape
- Origins from Germany
- Alsace region of France produces amazing expressions of the grape
- Similar to Muscat
- Strong lychee aroma
- Medium to low acidity
- Floral and tropical notes
- Used in dessert wines
- Can be found across Canada (B.C and ON mostly)
- Prefers cooler climates
- Pairs well with spicy cuisine