The Nahe valley, a rolling landscape of vineyards interspersed with historical vintners' huts, is one of the oldest German wine regions after the Moselle valley. The 4,500 hectares of wine country flanking the Nahe river are blessed with a wide diversity of soil types. Rocks including porphyry, Bunter sandstone, slate, weathered volcanic stone, clay, loess and loam lend the wines pleasantly complex bouquets.
Alongside chardonnay, müller-thurgau, silvaner and traminer grapes, some delightful varieties of pinot blanc and pinot gris are grown in this region – and most notably, a host of top rieslings. Some 35 wine-growing villages offering regular tastings and wine festivals form a series of tempting stops along the route. The scenery is also inviting, with historical reminders of the region's past and sites of natural beauty such as the Rotenfels rock face or the nearby Soonwald nature reserve.
For visitors seeking a local day out, the Nahe valley contains a myriad of castles such as Ebernburg Castle, as well as palaces, abbeys, ruins and the Rheingrafenstein rock face and castle ruins. Salinental valley with its salt evaporation works is also located here. No matter what you feel like doing, whether you're into sport, wellness or maybe the finer pleasures of life, the Nahe valley has something for everyone, 365 days a year.