The white grape variety Kerner, a cross of Trollinger and Riesling, is cultivated on a low scale on the Wine Road.
Kerner, one of the grape varieties cultivated on the Wine Road, is also grown in the South Tyrolean Valle Isarco and Val Venosta valleys. Its history dates back to 1929, when the red grape variety Trollinger and the white variety Riesling were successfully crossed in Lauffen am Neckar, a town in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Out of that cross emerged the aromatic white grape variety Kerner, which was registered in 1969 as an own variety. Previously known as White Herold, the white wine variety was named later on in honour of a poet and physician from Swabia, Justinus Kerner (1786 - 1862). A Kerner mutation is called Kernling.
This late ripening variety requires a sandy, chalky or porphyry soil, the altitude of the cultivation area can reach up to 600 m a.s.l. and determines the acidity level of the wine. The strong wine resulting from this noble grape variety has a pleasant acidity level, similar to the light, aromatic Riesling, and is also suitable for the production of sparkling wines. Kerner wines have aromas of apple, red currant, pear, raisin, honey and peach. They go well with aromatic meat, grilled fish and starters and can also be served as an aperitif.
Serving temperature: 10 to 12 degrees C