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 Trollinge
r 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.