The History

The coats of arms of the long-established vineyards, including Germany's oldest family-owned vineyard (Weingut Salm, Wallhausen) are testament to a wine culture along the Nahe stretching back centuries.

Wine glasses and vine knives are on display at the Römerhalle in Bad Kreuznach that document the consumption of wine in the palatial Roman villas.

From the early Middle Ages, the monasteries systematically grew vines along the Nahe and the oldest document from the Abbey of Lorsch dating from the year 766 mentions the village of Norheim. The 'Stütze' (10 litres) as a unit of measurement and the entitlement of winegrowers to run a wine tavern have survived from Charlemagne's time until the present day. Monzingen fire wine (from around 1500) is cited as the first export wine of the Nahe region that was loaded onto Rhine ships with the old crane at Bingen. The oldest preserved vines in Germany, the White Orléans, date from the same period and have survived all climactic interventions and devastations of warfare in a protected hidden corner of the Nahe region.

From 1901, the Prussian domain near Niederhausen, today's Hermannsberg Wine Estate, carried out improvements to winegrowing.

From 1971, the Nahe became an independent winegrowing area after the wines had previously been marketed as Rhineland wines.

In a blend of tradition and state-of-the-art technology, fine wines ranking among the best in the world still ripen today in vineyards that have been cultivated for centuries.

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