The Nahe cultivation region covers an area of over 4,200 hectares. The vines thrive on gently rolling hills and on sunny steep slopes too.
Vineyards line the Nahe River from Martinstein to its mouth on the Rhine at Bingen as well as its tributaries Ellerbach, Guldenbach, Gräfenbach, Glan, and Alsenz.
The climate throughout the cultivation region is settled, mild, and without much rain. In the lower Nahe region, between Bingen and Bad Kreuznach, Burgundy grapes flourish, as do red varieties which have greater requirements with regard to the weather, with high must weights, and a moderate acidity structure.
In the upper Nahe region and its side valleys, the climate is characterized by the cooler air masses of the low mountain ranges (Soonwald/Hunsrück and the North Palatinate Uplands). The grapes ripen later. This is particularly beneficial for the aroma and the acidity structure of the Riesling. Vivacious, fruity, and streamlined wines are the result.
The range of grape varieties is varied, with 75% white grape varieties. Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, and Pinot Gris are the top wines, and bouquet grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Scheurebe are experiencing renewed popularity. When it comes to red wines, Dornfelder is in first place, followed by Pinot Noir, Regent, and Portuguese.
A large part of the harvest is marketed as wine labeled as “quality wine” or “special quality wine.” Just under 50% of Nahe wines are marketed directly. The Nahe wine region’s directory of winegrowers lists around 350 businesses that deliver to order.
The figures, data, and facts on the Nahe wine region are based on surveys conducted by the Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Agriculture and the Rhineland-Palatinate Statistical Office as well as the German Wine Institute.