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The great specialty of our region. Hugel’s Classic Gewurztraminer represents the spice of Alsace and one of Famille Hugel’s signature wines – it is both aromatic and extroverted through its floral and spicy notes

Variety: Gewurztraminer
Region: Alsace, France
Winemaker: Famille Hugel
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.5%

Winemaker's Notes

Lovely youthful color of pale pastel pistachio green and pale spring foliage green. Nice sheen and vivaciousness, bright legs that are filled with energy without being too heavy. The bouquet is in keeping with the Gewurztraminer: aromatic and strongly scented with balance and harmony and not too much gravity. It is fruity and floral with spicy hints of cardamom, ginger, mango, passion fruit, rose and jasmine.  On the palate it is superbly elegant, harmonious, sophisticated and juicy with a finish that overflows with ethereal charm.  Tasting notes by Serge Dubs, World’s Best Sommelier 1989

John's Notes

As you would imagine, I often receive wine/food pairing questions as part of the process of recommending a bottle. And when done right, it’s incredible how the overall experience is elevated – the food tastes better with the right wine, and the wine is even more delicious when alongside that perfect bite of food

Spicy dishes however can challenge most wine, with one huge exception – Gewurztraminer.   If you love spicy food like I do, give the Hugel Gewurztraminer 2017 a try with your next dinner.  So good together

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Famille Hugel

  • The first traces of the Hugel family in Alsace can be dated back to the XVth century
  • Some two centuries later, Hans Ulrich Hugel settled in Riquewihr, which had been devastated by the terrible Thirty Years War. In 1639 he was made a freeman of the city and soon took charge of the very powerful Corporation of Winegrowers
  • By virtue of 13 generations sharing a passion for excellence, the Hugel family has gained an enviable reputation for their winegrowing skills and for the meticulous way in which they cultivate their vineyards

Variety:  100% Gewurztraminer

Region: Riquewihr, Alsace, France


  • This 2017 vintage year has been a real emotional roller-coaster ride. The year started well enough with plenty of winter rain and a rapid first budding leading us into an ideal start to the spring season. And then on the night of 19/20 April the Alsace region suffered its worst frost in 30 years. The damage was extensive but highly variable, anything from 0 to 80% destruction depending on the local conditions. Riquewihr was really hit very hard. All growth stopped for a number of days and the vines finally began to flower on 31 May
  • During the flowering season the conditions were perfect with regular rains and the vines grew magnificently throughout the summer. And almost no disease outbreaks whatsoever. We were wary of being optimist but we had a good feeling. The harvest opened on 31 August! We started on 12 September under radiant sunshine. Then… Hailstorms on 17 September! That was not part of the plan, very unusual for the season and the region! Yes, 2017 was really turning out to be a hell of a roller-coaster ride. In the end there was little real damage apart from a Pflostig field which didn’t come in until the next day. Phew. At the end of the harvest the weather was perfect with the added bonus of some wonderful late harvests, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. It was a tough one but the 2017 vintage will produce really great wines


  • Grapes for the “Classic” range comes from only the best parcels in villages south of Colmar and are only hand picked
  • The grapes are taken in small tubs to pneumatic presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention
  • After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats at 18 to 24°C for roughly 6 months
  • The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged in our cellars until released for sale
  • The wine is closed with a DIAM cork without the risk of cork taint

Alcohol:  14.5%

Pairs Well With:  Asian cuisine, spicy Mexican dishes, sweet and sour pork


Wine Enthusiast (90): A subtle veil of Damask rose encloses peachiness on the nose of this wine. Although the palate reveals power and warmth, it cloaks it in subtle rose notes. The finish is just about dry. It’s lovely and subtle. Anne Krebiehl MW, 10/1/2020

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