If you type in Piros Tramini into a search engine, you will most likely see links to information about Gewürztramine. While it is true that the grape’s origins are the same, like all things Hungarian the wine grown in Hungary has its own distinctive character that makes it somewhat different than the Gewürztramine you may have tried from other regions.

Piros Tramini

Piros Tramini clusters up close.

Hungarian Piros (red) Tramini, or just Tramini, creates a very aromatic and floral, sometimes spicy, white wine. Roses are often associated with the wine produced from Hungarian Tramini. It has a high sugar content and ripens early, making this the earliest harvesting grape we grow (either in late August or early September depending on the weather that year). It also requires more green work than other variety we grow except our Riesling. As elsewhere, Tramini grown in Hungary is best planted in cooler regions if one is to make the best of its wine making potential.

I have found that Tramini also does well in shaded conditions. On one or our less than south facing vineyards, where the sun does not reach the vineyard until later in the morning due to the additional affect of a nearby orchard, I have seen the Tramini consistently reach good sugar and acidity year after year while in a neighboring row Riesling may fail to reach even 18 Brix. In our vineyards it has also proven itself resistant to both downy and powdery mildew, but highly susceptible to both Eutypa lata and Botrytis cinerea (a.k.a “noble rot”, but only noble you want it to occur).

Piros Tramini clusters nearing harvest.

Piros Tramini clusters nearing harvest in early September.