Voluptuous in breadth and weight, with smooth texture and subtle acidity.

Gewurztraminer grape bunches in a plastic container.
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New Zealand winemakers have harnessed the complex and generous nature of the Gewürztraminer grape, and a range of unique expressions can be now be found throughout the country. 

Voluptuous in breadth and weight, with a smooth texture and subtle acidity, New Zealand Gewürztraminer is extremely fragrant, with rose petals, lychee, cinnamon and ginger typically expressed. Palates are rich in ripe stonefruit, sweet citrus and quince characters.

Although current volumes are tiny; it is grown throughout the country by a handful of dedicated and passionate producers in styles that can vary in dryness from bone dry to a sweet late harvest, though typically New Zealand Gewürztraminer is made in a dry to off-dry style.

As a naturally lower acid variety, Gewürztraminer appreciates New Zealand’s overall cooler climate and free-draining soils, while our plentiful sunshine and significant diurnal shifts emphasize the aromatic purity and fruit richness of the variety.

Statistics for production and exports of gewurztraminer
Gewürztraminer production and export statistics
Donut graph showing regional split of Gewürztraminer production
Varietal plantings of Gewürztraminer in New Zealand

Climate is a major factor in defining regional styles.

Marlborough: Gewürztraminers are highly regarded for their pure, fragrant aromatics and balanced palates with clean finishes. 

Hawke's Bay: The sunny, mild climate produces fuller-bodied, rounded wines with layered, almost oily textures, rich in ripe stonefruit, sweet citrus, jasmine, ginger spice and Turkish delight. 

Gisborne: A legacy of the pioneering wines of Denis Irwin in the 1970s, Gewürztraminer is a regional standout with distinctly aromatic, layered and spicy wines. 

Nelson: This region achieves very good varietal expression with ripe tropical fruit, rose petal and spice notes. 


Food matching

Gewürztraminer is a wonderful food-friendly wine, suiting a wide range of cuisines. Its strong personality allows it to partner richly flavoured hard cheeses, poultry and pork as well as seafood such as crab and shrimp.

When made into off-dry and sweeter styles, it can be a great foil for spicier Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, and at its sweetest and most decadent, is a wonderful match for cheeses and fruit-based desserts.

Cellaring & serving

Statistics for cellar life and serving temperature for Gewurztraminer.
Cellaring and Serving New Zealand Gewürztraminer

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