Gewurztraminer White Wine Variety

Gewurztraminer is best known for its wines from Alsace in North-eastern France, but it is widely planted in other French wine regions as well as in many countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

It has a dozen synonyms including Traminer, Rotclevner, Savagnin Rose, Fermin Rouge, Fromenteau Rouge, Ranfolzia, Kleinwiner, Drumin, Heida, Mala Dinka, Pinat Cervana, Liwora.

In Australia this variety is also known as Traminer, especially in the warmer regions where it is most commonly used as a blending companion for Riesling.

In cooler wine regions of Australia, Gewurztraminer produces highly aromatic wines, which lead many to assume (wrongly) that they are sweet wines. But these are serious dry white wines that deserve more attention than they get.

The Taste of Gewurztraminer

Gewurztraminer wines are different; they are highly scented, like rose petals rubbed between your fingers. They are undeservedly written off as just something to drink with spicy Asian food, as if you need to mask the bold statement that Gewurz makes.

Australian Wineries with Gewurztraminer

The following wineries produce Gewurztraminer, or have done so in the recent past.
| 5 Corners Wines Mudgee | 572 Richmond Road Southern Tasmania | Ada River Gippsland | Angoves Winery Riverland | Ashton Hills Adelaide Hills | Audrey Wilkinson Hunter Valley | Bay of Fires Northern Tasmania | Beelgara Estate Riverina | Belgravia Vineyards Orange | Bianchet Yarra Valley | Bimbadgen Estate Hunter Valley | Birthday Villa Vineyard Macedon Ranges | BK Wines Adelaide Hills | Blackets Adelaide Hills | Bochara Henty | Borrodell on the Mount Orange | Bowmans Run Beechworth | Box Stallion Mornington Peninsula | Bracken Hill Southern Tasmania | Brammar Estate Yarra Valley | Bream Creek Vineyard Southern Tasmania | Briar Ridge Vineyard Hunter Valley | Bungawarra Granite Belt | Burke and Wills Winery Heathcote | Capercaillie Hunter Valley | Cargo Road Wines Orange | Casa Freschi Langhorne Creek | Cassegrain Hastings River | Cedaro Estate Margaret River | Chatsfield Mount Barker | Conte Estate Wines McLaren Vale | Contessa Estate McLaren Vale | Craigow Southern Tasmania | Cross Rivulet Southern Tasmania | Delatite Winery Upper Goulburn | Elliot Rocke Estate Mudgee | Elsewhere Vineyard Southern Tasmania | Ernest Hill Wines Hunter Valley | Felsberg Winery Granite Belt | Fernfield Wines Eden Valley | Frogmore Creek Vineyard Northern Tasmania | Geoff Hardy McLaren Vale | Gin Gin Wines Queensland Coastal | Glen Erin Vineyard Resort Macedon Ranges | Gnadenfrei Estate Barossa Valley | Golden Grape Estate Hunter Valley | Grandview Vineyard Southern Tasmania | Grevillea Estate South Coast Zone | Hainault Perth Hills | Henderson Hardie King Valley | Henschke Eden Valley | Heritage Farm Goulburn Valley | Hidden Creek Granite Belt | Hillside Estate Hunter Valley | Hunting Lodge Estate South Burnett | Huntleigh Vineyards Heathcote | Iron Pot Bay Wines Northern Tasmania | Ivanhoe Wines Hunter Valley | Jamsheed Yarra Valley | Jindalee Estate Geelong | Josef Chromy Wines Northern Tasmania | Kangderaar Vineyard Bendigo | Kellermeister Wines Barossa Valley | Kellybrook Yarra Valley | Kevin Sobels Wines Hunter Valley | Kirkham Estate Sydney Basin | Kladis Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Knappstein Wines Clare Valley | Kreglinger Estate Mount Benson | Lambert Vineyards Canberra | Lancefield Winery Macedon Ranges | Lawson Hill Mudgee | Leabrook Estate Adelaide Hills | Lillydale Estate Yarra Valley | Lillypilly Estate Riverina | Little Wine Company Hunter Valley | Logan Wines Mudgee | Long Point Vineyard Hastings River | Lyre Bird Hill Gippsland | Manton's Creek Vineyard Mornington Peninsula | Merilba Estate New England | Midhill Vineyard Macedon Ranges | Milton Vineyard Southern Tasmania | Miramar Mudgee | Moorebank Vineyard Hunter Valley | Moorilla Estate Southern Tasmania | Mount Macedon Winery Macedon Ranges | Mudgee Wines Mudgee | No Regrets Southern Tasmania | Pepper Tree Wines Orange | Petersons Glenesk Estate Mudgee | Pewsy Vale Eden Valley | Pipers Brook Vineyard Northern Tasmania | Pirie Estate Northern Tasmania | Platt's Rutherglen | Plunkett Fowles Strathbogie Ranges | Point Leo Road Vineyard Mornington Peninsula | Preston Peak Granite Belt | Ravens Croft Wines Granite Belt | Ridgeview Wines Hunter Valley | Robert Stein Mudgee | Rochford Wines Yarra Valley | Rolf Binder Barossa Valley | Rosevears Estate Northern Tasmania | Ryanna Vineyard Northern Tasmania | Rymill Coonawarra Coonawarra | Sailors Falls Winery Macedon Ranges | Seldom Seen Mudgee | Sevenhill Wines Clare Valley | Shepherds Run Canberra | Skillogalee Clare Valley | Sorby Adams Eden Valley | Souters Vineyard Alpine Valleys | Southern Grand Estate Hunter Valley | Southern Highland Wines Southern Highlands | Spring Vale Wines Southern Tasmania | Stonehaven Padthaway | Sutherland Estate Yarra Valley | Symphony Hill Wines Granite Belt | Tamar Ridge Northern Tasmania | Tanglewood Downs Mornington Peninsula | Taylors Clare Valley | Tempus Two Hunter Valley | The Minya Winery Geelong | The Silos Estate Shoalhaven Coast | The Wanderer Yarra Valley | Tilba Valley South Coast Zone | TK Wines Adelaide Hills | Tomich Hill Adelaide Hills | Toms Cap Gippsland | Toorak Winerry Riverina | Toppers Mountain New England | Transylvania Winery Southern New South Wales Zone | Two Bud Spur Southern Tasmania | Two Tails Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Tyrrells Hunter Valley | Vicarys Sydney Basin | Vincognita McLaren Vale | Virage Margaret River | Wakefield Estate Clare | Walsh Family Winery Perth Hills | Warrenmang Vineyard Pyrenees | Westend Estate Riverina | Whyworry Wines New England | Wili-Wilia Winery Macedon Ranges | Wilson Vineyard Clare Valley | Windy Ridge Vineyard Gippsland | Winooka Park Central Ranges Zone | Woodonga Hill Hilltops | Wroxton Wines Eden Valley | Yarraman Estate Hunter Valley | Yass Valley Wines Canberra |

Gewurztraminer and Food

The most common food recommended for accompanying Gewurztraminer is spicy Asian Food, especially Thai food. I'm not so sure about this.

A much better way to enjoy a good wine from this variety is with an appetiser such as Foie gras, or with a soft Cheese.

Recently in Alsace I enjoyed a glass of the local dry Gewurztraminer with Munster cheese and cumin seeds, a magic combination.

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