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The Kerner Grape


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About Kerner

(Synonyms: Weinsberg S 2530)

Background

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Kerner is a white-wine grape originating in Germany, where it was deliberately produced in 1929 (though not actually released till as late as 1969) as a cross between Trollinger (aka Schiava) and Riesling; the idea was to produce a Riesling-like grape that could better flourish in colder climates than Riesling prefers. It is one of the few modern man-made grape crossings to make wine that is generally considered to be of well above average quality.

Kerner is today widely grown in Germany, as well as parts of Austria, Switzerland, and Italy (and to a much lesser extent in Canada, England, and even Japan). In the U.S., however, almost all Kerner available at retail comes from the Germanic Alto Adige region of northern Italy.

Kerner does, as its developers hoped, to some extent resemble Riesling. The wines tend to be somewaht lower in acid than Riesling (and so do not age quite as famously as does Riesling), but are somewhat fuller in body. By and large, one may say that if one likes Riesling (and who does not?), one will like Kerner. All things considered, Riesling is arguably the greatest white-wine grape in the world, but is often priced accordingly, making Kerner a reasonable alternative for the wine drinker (besides its being a blessing to winemakers because it can grow in so many more places than the somewhat fussy Riesling).

All that said, not a few wine critics hold that Kerner should not be viewed as “a Riesling substitute”, but rather valued and enjoyed for itself. It does have some small but perhaps subjectively significant differences from Riesling, and its proponents—growing in number—appreciate and esteem Kerner as Kerner.

Factoid: Kerner is often used (or abused) as an ingredient in what one source calls “the infamous Liebfraumilch”.

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Some Descriptions of Kerner Wines

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Some Kerners to Try

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The number of Kerner wines available seems (and is) large, but comb reviews and one would think that there aren’t over three or four makers in the world—and even the few leading lights are not much talked about. Still, Kerner is not a “bargain” wine, and when one gets down to Kerners reasonably available at under $20, there really are only a few at retail in the U.S. And these are they; the paucity reflects the status of the grape in American sensibilities, which is a shame.


Abbazia di Novacella “Neustift Sudtirol Eisacktaler” Kerner

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“Eisacktaler Kellerei”/“Cantina Valle Isarco” Kerner
(The winery is known under two names: ‘Eisacktaler Kellerei’ and ‘Cantina Valle Isarco’.
 Do not confuse this bottling with their pricier “Aristos”, “Nectarius”, or “Sabiona” bottlings.)

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Sidebar Cellars Kerner

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Castelfeder “Lahn” Kerner

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For a Splurge

Our nomination is the Abbazia di Novacella “Praepositus” Kerner.

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