Although Gewürztraminer’s reddish-pink skins might hint otherwise, this versatile grape is used to make white wines, and is popular throughout many of the world’s wine regions. Its signature aroma is reminiscent of lychee, and also recalls roses, lime, and sweet baking spices such as ginger and cinnamon. In Virginia, it is usually made in an off-dry style, although it can be made as a dry wine or even in dessert style. It is full-bodied with medium to low acidity, and is rarely made with oak. Try this lovely variety with Middle Eastern cuisine, roasted meats and vegetables, or with delicately flavored soft cheeses and dried fruit.
Alsace, France, Italy
Vitis vinifera
Ideal Soil
Rich clay soils.