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The Kerner grape is an aromatic white grape variety. It was bred in 1929 by August Herold by crossing Trollinger (a red variety also known as Schiava grossa or Vernatsch) and Riesling. Herold was working at a plant breeding station in Lauffen in the Wurttemberg region of Germany. This station belonged to a state breeding institute headquartered in Weinsberg.
It received varietal protection and was released for general cultivation in 1969. Kerner has been named in honour of a poet and physician from Swabia, Justinus Kerner, whose works included songs and poetry on wine. Kerner lived from 1818 to his death in Weinsberg. In 2006 Kerner was the 8th most planted variety in Germany with 4,004 hectares (9,890 acres) and 3.9% of the total vineyard surface.

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 for retail comes from the Valle Isarco which follows the Isarco river up into the Alps in the Alto Adige region of Italy

Kerner can yield very large crops, which can create thin, dilute wines but when properly managed in the vineyard and if harvested at optimal maturity it can create exotically perfumed wines that are golden straw yellow in color,
Kerner Grapes

offer up fresh aromas of tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple and hints of fresh green apple on the nose. On the palate they have a rich creamy texture with rich fruity flavors of pears, citrus, apples, red currants, and apricots balanced by good acidity and a riesling like hint of petrol on the finish