WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Full,
Acid - Medium,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Lychee, Rose petals, Ginger, Cinnamon, Tropical fruit, Spice

Gewurztraminer is one of the most aromatic grape varieties, known for its intense floral and spicy notes. This white grape variety produces wines that range from dry to sweet, captivating wine enthusiasts with its unique and exotic flavors.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

Gewurztraminer wines are renowned for their powerful aromas of lychee, rose petals, and exotic spices like ginger and cinnamon.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler climates, Gewurztraminer retains higher acidity and more pronounced floral and spice notes, which balance its natural richness.

Warm/Hot Climate: In warmer climates, the grape develops riper fruit flavors, with a slight reduction in acidity, making the wines more lush and opulent. Gewurztraminer can ripen in cool climates but requires careful vineyard management to avoid overripeness.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Gewurztraminer is most famously grown in the Alsace region of France. It is also cultivated in Germany, Austria, Italy’s Alto Adige, and New World regions such as California, New Zealand, and Australia.

Appellations: The most notable appellations for Gewurztraminer include Alsace Grand Cru sites such as Rangen, Hengst, and Brand.

Producers: Prominent producers include Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Trimbach, and Hugel, who are known for their exceptional Gewurztraminer wines.


Young Gewurztraminer wines are vibrant, with intense aromatics and fresh fruit flavors, ideal for early consumption.

Aging Potential: High-quality Gewurztraminer wines, particularly those with residual sugar, can age for several years, developing complex flavors of honey, dried apricot, and spice.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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