Abbazia di Novacella
2014 KernerAlto Adige Italy
Located in the sleepy little village of Novacella in the Isarco River Valley in northeastern Italy, Abbazia di Novacella was founded in 1142 by the Augustinian Order of Canons Regular, an order of monks who have taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to their superiors, but who also work to support themselves as a part of their community. To this end, the Abbey not only grows grapes for winemaking but also farms apples and vegetables along with operating a school devoted primarily to studies of viticulture. The abbey's reputation as a winery is stellar and international with nits enologist, Celestino Lucin, being named "Winemaker of the Year" in 1999 by Italy's influential Gambero Rosso.
Kerner is an aromatic white grape that was created in 1929 by crossing two German grapes (Riesling and Trollinger). A great alternative to Pinot Grigio, this Kerner, fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, offers exotic aromas of white flower, juicy apple, ripe peach, lemon curd and a hint of tropical fruit. The palate bursts with ripe juicy fruit, offering refreshing acidity with a crisp finish. This exemplary wine pairs particularly well with an array of seafood, from sushi and seafood scallops to crab cakes, but also pairs well with cold summer pasta salads, pork, veal and roasted chicken. 13.5% WWH