Gewürztraminer – South Tyrol’s Most Typical White Wine

Today’s topic is a white grape that is often associated with France, in particular Alsace where it is the second most planted variety. Of course we’re talking about Gewürztraminer. The variety has more than 1000 years of history. Its are however not in Alsace but in Tramin, Italy. Tramin is a small town in the German-speaking region South Tyrol. The variety’s name is German and literally means Spice Traminer. Gewürztraminer is quite difficult to grow due to the variety’s low acidity and high sugar level. Therefore it is grown mostly in cooler climate zones.

In South Tyrol Gewürztraminer is considered the most typical white variety. Recently I tried two South Tyrolean 2012 Gewürztraminer. Below you find my tasting notes for them.

Gewüztraminer South Tyrol

Gewürztraminer as displayed on Wikipedia

2012 St. Michael Eppan – Sanct Valentin Gewürztraminer – Alto Adige DOC

The Sanct Valentin Gewürztraminer from St. Michael Eppan underwent a low temperature fermentation and in stainless steel vats. The wine stayed on the yeast for six months. The wine has an ABV of 14.5%.

In the glass, the wine had a yellow-green color.

The nose, was intense but complicated. First there were aromas of roses and pepper. With additional time exotic fruit completed the nose.

2012 Tenute Loacker - Atagis - IGT Alto AdigeOn the palate, very crisp with a little bit of residual sugar. Sanct Valentin Gewürztraminer was quite powerful and had a persistently long finish. The wine is classified as Alto Adige DOC.

Rating: 3.5/5

2012 Tenute Loacker – Atagis Gewürztraminer – Alto Adige IGT

Tenute Loacker’s Atagis is produced with 100% Gewürztraminer. The wine’s appellation is Alto Adige IGT. I’m not sure why this wine is not classified as Alto Adige DOC.

In the glass, Atagis had an intense golden-yellow color with green hues.

On the nose, aromas of flowers (especially roses), honey and dried fruit.

In the mouth, the wine was full-bodied with a high minerality. I tasted wormwood and bitter herbs as well as licorice. There was a soft acidity and a little bit of residual sugar. Atagis was well-balanced. Lingering finish.

Rating: 4/5

Parting Words

Both Gewürztraminer were pretty good. The Tenute Loacker Atagis retails in Munich for 20€ whereas a bottle of Sanct Valentin Gewürztraminer costs 26€. The Atagis therefore has the better quality-price-ratio.

Have you tried any of those two wines? How do you like them? Let me know the comment section below.


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27 comments on “Gewürztraminer – South Tyrol’s Most Typical White Wine”

  1. Andy Andy Reply

    Very nice post. I don’t particularly like Gewürztraminer. I’ve tried an older vintage of the St. Michelle Gewürztraminer. It wasn’t my type of wine. Always thought that the variety comes from Alsace. How interesting to see that its of Italian origin!

  2. RiojaChianti RiojaChianti Reply

    The Atagis doesn’t seem to be available over here.
    You said you tried a good Gewurz from Saxony. What’s the wine’s name?

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      RiojaChianti,
      I don’t remember the name but I remember the store where I bought it. The next time I’m there I’ll pick up a bottle and write a review about it.

  3. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    The Atagis sounds like a wine I’d enjoy but I’ve to admit that I’ve never tried any Gewurztraminer. The nose sounds particularly interesting!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Hannah,
      Thanks for visiting! The Atagis had a wonderful bouquet. If you never tried a Gewürztraminer then I recommend that you give the Tenute Loacker Atagis Gewürztraminer or the St. Michael Eppan Sanct Valentin Gewürztraminer a try 🙂
      If you do then let me know how you like the wine

  4. TracyLeeKarner Reply

    I just found an Italian wine store here in Providence–they were closed on Monday (it was Columbus Day, a holiday here). I’m going to stop in this week and see whether they have either of these. I’ll let you know what I discover…

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Tracy,
      That’s great news! I doubt they’ll have the Atagis because Tenute Loacker is a rather small winery and I don’t think they export to Rhode Island. As far as I know the Sanct Valentin Gewürztraminer is available in the US so maybe this wine store carries it.
      If give any of them a try then please share your thoughts about them.

  5. Sean P. Reply

    Gewurz dessert wine can be amazingly delicuois! I’m not a fan of dry and off-dry Gewurz. Just not my type of wine. Gewurztraminer also tends to pair difficult with food.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Sean,
      I disagree with your statement that Gewürztraminer doesn’t pair well with food. Gewürztraminer pairs exceptionally well with aged cheese but also with a variety of Asian dishes.

  6. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Both wines sounds like they are worth trying. This reminds me that I’ve had a good experience with the St Michelle Sanct Valentin Pinot Bianco – breathtaking wine! You should really try if it you haven’t done so already. But then Pinot Bianco and Gewurztraminer are way too different to be compared with each other.

  7. Suzanne Reply

    I don’t think I have ever tried either of these wines, Atagis sounds like one I would like to seek out although both sound good. I really enjoy you reviews, I never knew Gewurztraminer was grown in Italy.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Suzanne,
      Thank you so much 🙂
      Gewürztraminer is grown in some parts of Northern Italy. The St. Michelle-Eppan Gewürztraminer should easily be available in the US but Loacker’s Atagis is probably harder to find. It’s definitely worth seeking out.

  8. Wine and Wine Reply

    I didn’t know that Gewurztraminer is an Italien varietal. Thanks for the info

  9. foodwine88 Reply

    If I remember correctly then I tried both wines (older vintages) a few years ago in Italy. Forgot how I liked them though..
    This post reminds me of good times in Europe 🙂

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Jeff,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Both are very good and interesting Gewürztraminer. Sorry to hear that they aren’t available in PA.. I always thought that the Gewürztraminer from St. Michael-Eppan is also being exported to the United States.

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