"Jacob Gundlach brought over this grape from his homeland and it has been growing on Rhinefarm ever since. Although plenty of wineries in Alsace make their Gewürztraminers a little sweet, we vinify ours completely dry, with bright acidity.
Our dry Gewürztraminer from Rhinefarm represents the new and the old. We are lucky to work with a combination of 44- and 10-year-old vines planted in the coolest part of our ranch where Mother Nature’s influence from the coast travels through the Petaluma Gap to reach our vines. Utilizing that cooling effect, we strive for balanced vines with canopies that protect the fruit as much as possible from direct sunlight to preserve the beautiful Gewürztraminer characteristics and pick early to capture the natural acidity. This varietal is usually the first harvested each year, turning a beautiful light red hue to let us know its natural spice is developing. Each nuanced portion of the vineyard provides slightly different flavor profiles and those are identified and fermented separately. During winemaking, we freeze a small portion of the fruit to develop the mid-palate of the wine." -- Winery