A very old varietal that hails from the city of Tramin near Trentino in the Alto Adige region of northeastern Italy. Thought to be one of the parents of the spicy Gewürtztraminer (the name of which literally means spiced Traminer in German), the Traminer has lost favor over the years to its more aromatic offspring. Traminer at one point could be found throughout Italy, as well as in France (confusingly as Savagnin Blanc) and in Hungary and the Czech Republic. Today the grape is becoming increasingly rare. If you can find it look for flavors and aromas somewhat similar to Gewürtztraminer (lychee, spices and tropical fruits) but with less color and intensity.