Gewürztraminer (Traminer Aromatico)
Gewürztraminer is more commonly associated with Alsace, and the luscious, intensely perfumed and commonly off-dry to sweet wines made from it. However Alto Adige does lay claim to some of its heritage, to what extent is not clearly understood. The Südtirol town of Tramin lends its name to Traminer, a vine given to mutation and certainly the parent of Gewürztraminer. In its current form, Gewürztraminer has been in Italy for centuries (albeit in different clones), though where today’s mutation first occurred is not well understood. Nonetheless, in Italy you will find the classic aromas of lychee and rose petal and a certain opulence, however they are typically dry, show more restraint and are often picked to retain the modest acidity of the grape.