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The Traminer family of grapes stretches back to antiquity. The aromatic "musque" of Gewurztraminer we know today appeared as a mutation of the less aromatic variety Red Traminer. "Gewurz" in German translates to spice and the origins of the Traminer grape have been traced to the German-speaking town of Tramin in northern Italy. Here, the term "gewurz" (meaning spice) was prefixed to the grape name to describe its crisp, spicy attributes.
The aromas of Gewürztraminer often include lychee, roses, passion fruit and other floral notes. Flavors may include white peach, tangerine, mango, orange, pineapple, pear, cinnamon and ginger. The best Gewürztraminer from around the world typically comes from Alsace, Germany, Austria, Canada, and the USA. In addition, many wonderful local examples exist including Hermann Wiemer and Dr. Frank -- both from the Finger Lakes region here in New York State.