Ranges from dry to sweet, but deeply aromatic in all styles
One of the wine world's love-it-or-hate-it wine grapes, Gewürztraminer (AKA Taminer Aromatico due to its signature perfume like aroma) is for many wine lovers the signature grape variety of Alsace. Its highly perfumed aromas of rose petal, smoked meat, lychee, grapefruit, and spices are immediate and captivating, although some examples lack refinement and seem a bit blowzy owing to low acidity and high alcohol. Gewürztraminer is as unlike the steelier, more aristocratic Riesling as a white grape can be. No other region of the world has been able to produce significant quantities of Gewürztraminer that even approach the decadent richness and exotic fruit qualities that the best producers in Alsace, France achieve. Still, other than late-harvest versions, Gewürztraminer is normally a dry wine in the Alsace wine region, despite smelling like a sweet wine. When it comes to food matching Gewürztraminer marries beautifully with rich, fatty dishes like pork and goose or ripe cheeses, as well as with the exotic spices of Moroccan, Indian, and Far Eastern cuisines.
Other locations where Gewurztraminer is often grown include Trentino Alto Adige, a winegrowing village of Tramin located in Northern Italy. It can also be found in the Hengst Grand Cru, which has a long standing reputation of being one of the best places to grow Gewurztraminer besides that of Alsace.