Kerner  {Kah-ner} is a white grape variety used to make white wine. The breed was made in 1929 in the village of Lauffen, Germany by a man who was working for a breeding plant called August Herold. He made Kerner by crossing the white grape Riesling together with the red grape Trollinger. The name for the grape was given in tribute to Justinus Kerner a physician and poet from Swabia, he use to write songs and poems on wine. Germany has been the leading country for production of this type of grape, although there are other well-known plantations in Italy, England, Switzerland, Austria, Canada and Japan. Wines made from this grape are known for their high acidity and their ability to age well through the years, this makes it ideal for wine makers. 

This from the Academic Wino in her “Whose your daddy?” series:

Brief History

The origins of Kerner are not too hard to find, considering its creation was relatively well documented compared to many other thousands of wine grapes whose origins are unknown.

Kerner, a white wine grape, was created in the greenhouse in 1929 by August Herold in Lauffen, Württemberg, Germany. The name “Kerner” was assigned to the grape in honor of a German physician and poet named Justinus Kerner. This particular poet was selected due to his works on wine (and if I can ever get my hands on some of this I’ll update this post at that time!).  Read more.



The Huff Kerner Halbtrocken intrigued us first, and then it seduced us. We met the Huff’s via this bottle and thought that the combination of fruit, acidity and a suggestion of sparkle was delicious and fascinating.



Color of grape Green
Species Vitis Vinifera
Kerner Synonyms Herold Triumpf, Herold Weiss
Origin Germany
Most common in Italy, England, Switzerland
Phonetic pronunciation Kah-ner

Candidwine’s suggestion for food pairing.

Kerner: The Answer to Chicken Saltimbocca