German wine - grape varieties
Kerner - white vine variety
Today, Kerner is the most widely planted new crossing in Germany, covering about 7% of the surface devoted to viticulture. It was bred in 1969 in Württemberg and named after a local poet Justinius Kerner. Kerner is a crossing ofTrollinger and Riesling.
Compared with Riesling, it can be grown in less favorable sites and yields more. Kerner ripens in early October. The wines are fresh, racy and fruity — not unlike Riesling — yet milder in acidity, with a more pronounced bouquet, often with a Muscat tone. The largest vineyard areas of Kerner are in the Pfalz, Rheinhessen, Württemberg and Mosel-Saar-Ruwer regions.