Gewürztraminer | Columbia Gorge AVA

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Brehm Vineyards Columbia Gorge Gewürztraminer has won more wine awards and friends than any other offering. Gewürztraminer is an aromatic grape variety that performs best in cooler climates. It is sometimes referred to as Gewürz.

The variety has high natural sugar and the wines are white and usually off-dry, with a flamboyant bouquet of lychees. Indeed, Gewürztraminer and lychees share the same aroma compounds. Dry Gewürztraminers may also have aromas of roses, passion fruit and floral notes. It is not uncommon to notice some fine bubbles on the inside of the glass.        

Gewürztraminer from this region is dripping with varietal flavor. Lychee nut essence preserved in juice that can be presented in at least three different wines. See winemaking tab below for ideas.

Product Quantity

18 Harvest - Gewürztraminer



Frozen White Grapes – Sold as pressed and settled juice. Yields are estimates and vary depending on the winemaker’s racking style.

  • Pails contain 5.25 gallons/19.9 liters of juice and will yield approximately 4.5 – 5 gallons of finished wine.
  • Drums contain 46 gallons/174 liters of juice and will yield approximately 42 – 45 gallons of finished wine.
  • IBC Totes contains 240 gallons / 908 liters of juice and yield approximately 228 gallons of finished wine.
  • Delivery –
    • Grapes can be shipped via FedEx or commercial carrier or picked up at the freezer.
      • FedEx is not available out of Portland, Oregon.
    • If shipping, select the closest location to your destination to reduce shipping cost.

Fresh White Grapes are sold as chilled, pressed settled juice at harvest. Pre-order is required, fresh grapes cannot be shipped.

  • The minimum order is 5 US gallons/18.9 Liters. Special pricing is available for bulk orders of 275 gallons or more.
  • Please note, fresh grape juice is sold net, without containers and must be picked up at the processing site at harvest. California grapes/juice are processed in Petaluma, CA. Oregon and Washington grapes are processed in Underwood WA (1 hr. East of Portland, OR).

2018 Harvest Pre-order

Pre-order is required on all fresh grape sales.

Pre-ordered frozen pails and drums are sold FOB at the following freezer locations. We can transfer them to another location for an additional fee:

  • NW – Portland, Oregon
  • CA – Richmond, CA

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Winemaking Thoughts

We encourage you to make the wine, at least once, dry with no malolactic fermentation. Gewürztraminer loses its acid during ripening, and may require tartaric acid addition.  Not completing  ML will help with balance. I actually enjoy Gewürz with ML and lees contact, sort of a spicy Chardonnay. Other options include finishing slightly sweet to accompany some late night dancing, or pull out all the stops for a rich desert wine. The latter wine may be fabricated by removing the ice from your thawing juice. This will concentrate the juice’s acid, sugar and essence into  a fruit boom of incredible proportions. These are cold climate grapes not to be confused from warm climate cousins.