Germany | Nahe
The Nahe wine region is named after the river that traverses the valleys of the forested Hunsrück Hills as it gently flows toward Bingen on the Rhine. It is a tranquil landscape dotted with vineyards, orchards and meadows interspersed with cliffs and striking rock formations.
Although the Nahe is one of the smaller German wine regions, its extraordinary range of soil types is second to none, and as such a wide range of grape varieties are grown that produce a large diversity of wine styles. The steeper sites of volcanic or weathered stone, and those with red, clayish slate seem predestined for elegant, piquant Riesling wines of great finesse and a light spiciness. The flatter sites of loam, loess and sandy soils yield lighter, fragrant Müller-Thurgau (Rivaner) wines with a flowery note, whilst Silvaner thrives in a number of soils and produces full-bodied, earthy wines. Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are being increasingly cultivated, whilst Dornfelder and Pinot Noir also find a good home here.