Nestled in the sun-drenched Hunsrück hills and protected from the prevailing westerlies, the Nahe runs south from Bingen at the confluence of the Nahe and Rhine rivers. The climate is benevolent with little frost and more sunshine hours than the Mosel. The soil swaps slate for chalk and sandstone although the sites, however, can be just as steep.
Rieslings from the Nahe have less of the chiselled acidity of the Mosel and riper fruit that almost always starts with stone fruit rather than with citrus. From here the wines follow the same meandering path as the Mosel with stops in blossom, dried honey and an occasional whiff of tropical fruit. They age with perhaps slightly more discreet timelines but trade immortality for more pleasure in their youth.
Wine Estates in Nahe