The productive land of the Nahe winegrowing region comprises around 4,200 hectares. The grapes ripen on soft hilly landscapes and in some cases on steep slopes.
Vineyards nestle along the Nahe from Martinstein to the confluence with the Rhine near Bingen and along the Ellerbach, Guldenbach, Gräfenbach, Glan and Alsenz tributaries.
There is a moderate, mild and dry climate in all parts of the winegrowing area. Along the lower Nahe between Bingen and Bad Kreuznach, Burgundy and red wines sensitive to climactic conditions grow particularly well with high must weights and a moderate acid structure.
Along the upper Nahe and its side valleys the climate is shaped by the cooler air masses of the Central German Uplands (Soonland/Hunsrück and North Palatine Uplands) so that the grapes mature later. This is particularly beneficial for the flavour and acid structure of the Riesling and results in racy, fruity and lean wines.
The range of wines is varied with 75% made up of white wines. Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and Silvaner are at the forefront while the share of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris has for some years been growing rapidly. The red wines are topped by Dornfelder followed by Pinot Noir, Portugieser and Regent.
A large share of the production is sold on the market as vintage and special quality wines. Almost 50% of the Nahe wines are marketed directly. Weinland Nahe’s directory of winegrowers lists around 300 companies that deliver on order.
The facts, figures and information about Weinland Nahe are based on surveys carried out by the Chamber of Agriculture and Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate and the German Wine Institute.