Nahe

The Nahe wine region is located towards the Rhine river and in between the Mosel and Pfalz wine regions.

Nahe is not very big – in fact it holds only about a fifth of the vineyard area of Pfalz and a bit more than half that of Mosel – but what makes Nahe so special is the extraordinary number of different types of soil. They tell a tale of the Nahe region's volcanic past.

Among the reds, now about 20% of total and rising, Dornfelder continues to lead but Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir in German) is becoming increasingly popular as a red grape of choice in Nahe.

Among the reds, now about 20% of total and rising, Dornfelder continues to lead but Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir in German) is becoming increasingly popular as a red grape of choice in Nahe.

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The vineyards of the Nahe region are mostly located on banks of the Nahe river itself, the banks of Nahe’s main tributaries Glan and Alsenz, and in areas in between these waterways north and west of main town of Bad Kreuznach.

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Nahe has EVERYTHING in terms of soils: Volcanic, sandstone, clay, limestone, sand, slate and more. This terroir offers unique conditions for growing a number of varieties in specific sites tailored by nature for their needs. For the Riesling, the Nahe offers steep soils with limestone for water retention, slate for drainage, and increased sun exposure as a result of the steep slopes.

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For food go for a dry-style Riesling with lighter fares, eggs and white meat – and a sweeter aromatic style for cheese and desserts. A fresh Nahe Sylvaner is a perfect match for salads and shellfish but can also compliment tapas and grilled fish.

On the reds, Spätburgunders are very versatile when it comes to different food – and great to enjoy also on its own. Lighter style Dornfelders match burgers and pizza very well and when more full-bodied a Dornfelder pairs well with also savoury foods.

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