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Kerner wine

Named after a Swabian poet, the Kerner grape variety is considered to be the most important new crossing. It was bred from a cross between Trollinger and the noble grape Riesling. Taste-wise it comes closest to Riesling. Its sugar content and acidity structure also reflect its noble ancestry. Its delicate herbal aroma is very distinctive.

Creation of the Kerner grape variety

Even if Kerner wine does not have a very long history behind it, it is already a great success story. This white grape was created in 1929 by crossing the red Trollinger grape and the noble white grape Riesling. Although it was not officially recognized as an independent grape variety until 1969, Kerner had already spread to all German wine regions before then. Along with Müller-Thurgau, Kerner is the most important new cultivar.
It was created in the Württemberg town of Weinsberg by grape breeder August Herold at the local state research institute for viticulture and fruticulture. It is named for the wine-loving Weinsberg poet and physician Justinus Kerner (1786–1862).

Aromatic and fruity Kerner wines

When drinking a glass of Kerner wine, its kinship with Riesling shines through. Both wines are characterized by a high sugar content and a pleasing acidity. Although Kerner does not quite reach the quality of a noble grape, its more powerful aroma is valued highly. The two varieties are often blended.
Kerner wine is available in all quality levels, from robust everyday and quaffable table wines through to excellent superior quality wines. Bubbly versions are also popular as Kerner grapes are ideally suited to making Sekt and sparkling wines. Most cellar masters vinify Kerner as medium dry or dry. The Spätlese (late harvest) styles are especially potent.
Kerner wine is rich in extract. Its fruitiness, pleasantly spicy notes and restrained acidity assure a well-balanced overall impression. The nose is chiefly reminiscent of pears, apples and apricots. Some Kerner wines also have noticeable hints of nutmeg.
Whether a fine Kabinett to celebrate an occasion or simply as a spritzer on warm summer evenings, a Kerner wine is always a pleasure. It pairs well with a wide variety of dishes. Spicy expressions go beautifully with grilled meats and roast lamb, veal or pork. Thanks to its crisp acidity, it is especially good with mild cheeses. Sweet late harvest wines are the perfect match for desserts.

Cultivation of the Kerner grape variety

The shouldered berry of the Kerner grape variety is medium to large in size. Bunches have round, thick-skinned berries that are greenish yellow. The variety stands up well to frosts in winter. As the vines bud very late, no grapes are lost in spring either. The vines blossom shortly after those of Müller-Thurgau, but the grapes take longer to ripen. However, this late ripening generally results in much higher must weights than those of its relation Riesling. The variety is not fussy when it comes to soil composition, the only things it does not tolerate well are very dry conditions and waterlogging.The Kerner grape variety is generally considered to produce reliable yields but it is prone to various diseases. It is susceptible to fungal infestation leading to powdery mildew. It is also prone to forming side shoots. Moreover, it is often afflicted by a vine disorder that was named after it – Kerner Disease – which then reduces yields.Germany has the biggest vineyard area planted to the Kerner variety. And although it continues to be present in all German wine regions, its cultivation is on the wane. Following a record high of around 3,500 hectares in the 1990s, its percentage of the total German vineyard hectarage has steadily fallen. Yields have fallen by half since 2000. One reason for this may be the relatively poor image of new cultivars in the land where Riesling is king. Quite unfairly, despite their high quality, new crossings do not enjoy as good a reputation as tried and trusted varieties. Most vineyards are in the Palatinate, Rheinhessen and Württemberg.Other countries are, however, beginning to recognize the potential of the Kerner grape variety and small quantities are now being planted all around the world. Small plantings can be found in Switzerland, Austria, Italy, England, Canada, South Africa and California. Even Japanese winegrowers have planted 300 hectares.Discover Kerner, a wine with an unmistakeable flavour that can hold its own against the noble grape Riesling. It takes just a few clicks to order a Kerner wine from our online shop. You can also obtain it in your nearest Coop store.

Kerner wines