Along with the Muscat, this white grape variety is one of the oldest cultivated vines in Europe. It has innumerable descendants and has also been used in many new varieties, so that its genes are widespread.
The approximately 200 synonyms in countless languages are a record and prove its great age and wide distribution. In most countries, there is no separation when recording the varieties, but they are mostly reported together. The following synonyms are used as general, neutral terms for Traminer or for the white/yellow variety, but also confusingly often for all varieties (there is no clear classification). The most important ones, grouped alphabetically by country, are Adelfranke, Edeltraube, Fränkisch, Frennschen, Frentschen, Klevner, Rotfrensch, Weißfrennschen (Germany); Edler Weiß, Weißedler (Alsace); Fromenteau, Fourmentans, Gentil Blanc, Naturé, Naturel, Sauvagnin, Savagnin Jaune, Savagnin Vert, Viclair (France); Traminac (Croatia); Klevner (Austria); Heida, Païen (Switzerland); Brynšt, Drumin, Prync, Tramín Bíly (Czech Republic); Traminec (Slovenia); Altdeutsche/Deutsche, Malvoisie (South Tyrol); Formentin (Hungary). The specific synonyms for the Gewürztraminer and Savagnin Rose varieties are listed there.
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