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Also known as:  Roter Traminer, Clevner

The Gewürztraminer grape is a large part of Germany's wine history. It is an ancient variety and has been planted in the Baden and Pfalz regions for centuries.

Its origin is not known exactly, but the grape is believed to have originated in the city of Tramin in South Tirol. The first evidence of Traminer wine dates back to the 1400's, when the monasteries in Tramin used the wine during Masses. The first evidence of Traminer wines in Germany date back to the 1500's.

Today in Germany, only about 2,055 acres (832 hectares) or 0.8% of the German wine regions are covered with Traminer vines, primarily in the Pfalz, Rheinhessen, and Baden regions. Gewürztraminer grapes ripen usually around the end of September and yields are variable and small, which makes the Gewürztraminer wine a rare specialty.

Gewürztraminer wines are light to golden yellow in color. They are just mildly acidic. Their aroma shows hints of roses, as well as violets, honey, marzipan, and oranges. Dry and medium dry varieties pair well with game, poultry served with sauces, escargot, and spicy ragouts. Spätlese and Auslese varieties, which are fruity and sweet, go well with marzipan, chocolate, desserts, as well as with Münster cheese and blue-vein cheeses.


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