Gewürztraminer stands out first and foremost for its deep autumnal colour, the result of pink pigmentation on its skin, and for its strong, almost tropical, aroma. Its origin was probably Pfalz in Germany but today it is best known for its use in Alsace, eastern France. It is also prominent in Austria. Part of the reason for this is that it requires cooler climates in order to stop it ripening too quickly and losing its aroma. The grape has a high sugar level and low acidity, which makes ageing it difficult. If it is aged for more than just several years the acidity dissipates resulting in a bland tasting wine.