We were delighted with the experience that ensued. We visited about 6 wineries and their tasting rooms. We were surprised with many wines that we tried and ended up filling our trunk. There was one wine thought that stuck out in both of our minds when we got home. At Reif winery, their specialty is Kerner. I had never tried it before but thank goodness I did. It has become a staple in our house.
Kerner is a hybrid of Riesling and Trollinger. It is a white grape that is not grown many places. You will find small plantings in it's native Germany as well as Canada. The one that you will be predominantly in the United States though is from a favorite winery of mine.
Abbazzia Di Novacella is found in the Alto Adige region of Italy. It is just south of the Alps and it provides interesting climates that allows them to grow varietals that are uncommon in Italy. They produce Lagrein, Sylvaner, Kerner, Gewürztraminer and Veltliner.
My wife and I differ on our taste in wine as many couples do. In terms of whites, she likes sweeter varietals such as Riesling and Pinot Gris. I tend to lean more towards wines with more minerality. Kerner is a perfect middle ground for us. It is not too sweet and not too dry. It is very light and crisp while also providing bright acidity on the finish. It is perfect for sipping in our hammock on a hot day. Please, do yourself a favor and introduce yourself to this grape. It is a friend that will be in your life for a while!
Abbazia Di Novacella Kerner in a Nutshell:
Description: Pale Straw in color and floral on the nose. Light and crisp with great minerality. Nice touch of ginger on the finish. Fruit here is apricot and stone fruit.
Pairings: Perfect for a picnic that includes a Caprese Salad and Prosciutto wrapped Melon.
Vintages/Price: Current vintage is 2010. Everywhere that I have seen this wine, It is right around $20. You may also find 2009 vintage on sale around the $15 range which is well worth it.
For more information, please visit http://www.kloster-neustift.it/en/wine-cellar/wine-cellar.html