The Nahe wine region is one of 13 wine regions in Germany. It is known beyond the national borders for its internationally competitive top wines. More than 4,200 hectares of vineyards on colourful rocky soils and sun-drenched sites line the Nahe River and celebrate the diverse Nahe wines.
Riesling: the king of the Nahe wine region
Over 80 grape varieties are grown in the Nahe wine region. Riesling accounts for the largest share, all Nahe wines having the highest quality classification of "Großes Gewächs". White wines account for three quarters of the cultivated area. One quarter is planted with red grape varieties.
Location and structure of the Nahe wine region
The Nahe wine-growing region is located in Rhineland-Palatinate and extends along the river of the same name to before Krin and in the valleys of its tributaries, the Glan and Alsenz. Some sites can also be found on the Guldenbach and Gräfenbach rivers. In the north, the wine region is bordered by the Taunus Mountains, in the northwest by the Hunsrück and in the southeast by the North Palatinate Mountains. The Nahe wine region is divided into the following seven major vineyards with more than 100 individual sites:
Nahe wine region short and sweet
The Nahe wine region in Rhineland-Palatinate comprises over 4,000 hectares of vineyards with 75 percent white and 25 percent red varieties. Riesling is the undisputed king of the wine region, which extends over seven major sites on the Nahe and its tributaries, Glanz and Alsenz. The most varied soil of all German wine regions and a well-protected geographical location create ideal growing conditions for mineral, elegant top wines.
Climate and soil in the Nahe wine region
The vineyards on the Nahe and its tributaries benefit from a favourable geographical location, shielding them from cold air currents to the north and north-west by the low mountain ranges. The sheltered location creates an almost Mediterranean climate, combining comparatively little rain, warm summers and frost-free winters. Many classic wine varieties feel at home here, especially Riesling, which tops the list of cultivated grape varieties.
The extraordinary variety of flavours of the Nahe wines is not least due to the diverse soil structure. It is unique in Germany and is also unrivalled in other European countries. Thanks to an eventful geological past, quartz and slate, sandstone, volcanic rock, red-lying, loess and loam as well as porphyry and melaphyr alternate in the subsoil. In total, more than 180 different types of soil are available to the Nahe wine, from which it draws its richly varied quality.
History of the Nahe wine region
The Nahe wine region can look back on a proud winegrowing tradition of 2,000 years. As in many other German wine regions, it was the Romans who introduced the cultivation of the noble vines here. By the late 19th century, Nahe wine was already considered a top international product.
However, the term "Nahe Wein" is more recent. The area between the Moselle and Rhine rivers first received the status of a wine-growing region in 1935. It was not until 1971 that the wine-growing region in its current extension was legally defined and Nahe wines were generally referred to as such.
Nahe wines at VINELLO
For lovers of high-quality dry white wines, we can recommend Riesling from the Nahe region in the highest classification level "Großes Gewächs", which you can recognise by the "GG" on the front label. These include, for example, the Bockenauer Felseneck from the Schäfer-Fröhlich winery and the Norheimer Dellchen as well as the Felsenberg from Dönnhoff or the Monzinger Frühlingsplätzchen from the Schönleber winery.
If you are looking for a white summer and balcony wine, the Pinot Gris or Pinot Blanc from the Korrell Johanneshof winery are a good choice. From the same producer also comes the delicious meal, which is available as a white or red cuvée and as a rosé wine from VINELLO.
If you are looking for a fresh, semi-dry white wine, the Porphyr Riesling from the Hexamer winery is a good choice. For sweet white wine enjoyment we can recommend the Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese and the Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese from Dönhoff.
Interesting facts of the Nahe wine region
How large is the area under vines in the Nahe wine region?
In the Nahe wine region, wine is grown on a total area of 4,237 hectares or 42.37 square kilometres. Among the 13 designated wine growing regions in Germany, Nahe is thus situated quite exactly in the middle, in 7th place after Franconia and before the Rheingau.
Which white grape varieties are cultivated in the Nahe wine region?
A total of 54 white grape varieties are permitted for Nahe wines. Riesling, which accounts for 29 per cent of the total area under cultivation in the wine region, is a style defining feature of the region. Other important white grape varieties are Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.
Which red grape varieties are typical for the Nahe wine region?
Of the 26 red grape varieties approved for Nahe wines, Dornfelder is the most common. In addition, Pinot Noir, Regent and Blauer Portugieser, for example, are cultivated in the Nahe wine region.
Buy Nahe wines online on VINELLO
Enjoy top wines from the Nahe region at reasonable prices from our online shop. At VINELLO you will find a representative selection of the winegrowers and wineries from the Nahe. You can shop safely with us and look forward to a fast delivery of your order. We also offer you a variety of payment options from which you can choose your preferred method of payment.
Another advantage of VINELLO: Our sommeliers are available by telephone for detailed advice to introduce you to the world of Nahe wines. This makes it easier and quicker for you to find your favourites, whether for a special occasion, an evening with friends or for your own private enjoyment.