Killer Kerner – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Killer Kerner


The terraced Novacella Vineyards on the Abbazia di Novacella estate. (Photo: Albert Ceolan)

Founded by Augustinian monks in the 12th century, Abbazia di Novacella remains a working monastery as well as a winery, the latter specializing in white varieties of Alto Adige such as kerner, a crossing between riesling and schiava grossa. Nestled in Alto Adige’s Isarco Valley, less than 30 miles from the Brenner Pass that crosses the Alps into Austria, the abbey’s vines climb more than 2,600 feet above sea level, where cool evenings preserve this wine’s zippy acidity. The wine is vinified and aged entirely in stainless steel to emphasize the variety’s fresh floral scents and flavors of tangy mandarin orange and juicy peach. 

Abbazia di Novacella USA, Sausalito, CA

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Abbazia di Novacella 2021 Alto Adige Valle Isarco Kerner

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is the Italian wine editor at Wine & Spirits magazine.


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