The Kerner grape was first “bred” in 1969 and by 2003, according to the Oxford Companion to Wine, it accounted for 5,000 hectares planted to vine in Germany. It is a cross between Riesling and a red variety, Trollinger, which is called Schiava Grossa in Italy.
The Abbazia di Novacella or Novacella Abbey is a 12-th century convent located in German-speaking Italy, the South Tyrol.
The success of Kerner can be ascribed to its dependable ripening and its large white berries. It is often compared to Reisling in its aromatic and flavor profile and it is generally vinified as a varietal (i.e., single grape) wine. The 2007 Kerner by Abbazia di Novacella is aromatic and crisp on the nose, with bright acidity and fresh fruit in the mouth. It was a perfect pairing for the garlicky shrimp at Vino Vino!
Trivia: Kerner is not named after the viticulturist who created it (Herold) but rather Justinus Kerner, a 19th-century German doctor and poet.