Traminette is a cross of the French American hybrid Joannes Seyve 23.416 and the German Vitis viniferia cultivar Gewürztraminer made by Herb C. Barrett ca. 1965. His intention was to produce a large clustered table grape with the flavor of Gewürztraminer. He sent seed from the cross to the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station grape breeding program at Cornell for development. It was found to have excellent wine quality, combined with good productivity, partial resistance to several fungal diseases, and cold hardiness superior to its acclaimed parent, Gewürztraminer, while retaining a similar character.
A Gewurztminer hybrid, this grape is cold-fermented to enhance its distinct floral character. Elements of honeysuckle and clover on the nose merge with a palette rich with pear and honey to produce a semi-sweet wine perfect for pairing with Asian, poultry or seafood cuisine.