Why wander far and wide when such good things are so close at hand in Nahe? This, or a similar sentiment, was once uttered by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It makes sense, as the conditions for Nahe’s viticulture sound truly poetic. Gentle hills, mild temperatures, and Germany’s greatest diversity of soils make for top-notch wines.

“It isn’t just our wines that shimmer and shine.”

But it isn’t just our wines that shimmer and shine: the hot lava flows deep in the earth’s interior below the Nahe region made Idar-Oberstein into a world-renowned center for gemstones. And you can also benefit from the earth beneath our feet here in terms of health, as many healing springs and spas in the Nahe region invite you to engage in holistic recreation.


Reach for excellence in Nahe

Cultivated area


Some 4,212 hectares are the basis for cultivation of 75 percent white wines and 25 percent red wines.

Soil characteristics & grape varieties


There are more than 180 different types of soil on the Nahe – nowhere in Europe is the terroir more diverse. Slate, mottled sandstone, loess, clay, quartzite, porphyry, and other soil and rock types can be found there, along with numerous variations thereof depending on the location. Riesling is the most common of the grape varieties, followed by Müller-Thurgau, Dornfelder, and the Burgundy family.

Wine styles


The climate of the Nahe region is somewhat cooler, which makes the wines taste particularly fresh with mineral and subtly fruity notes. The variety of different soil types gives each Nahe wine its own distinctive character. Anyone who samples them will quickly notice their intensely mineral, elegant, refreshing, long-lasting, tangy, harmonious, aromatic, fruity, filigree, and herbaceous flavors – everything is possible here.

Wineries and annual yield

412 wineries

In the Nahe region, 412 wineries produce some 273,000 hectoliters of wine annually.

Things to do and see

Great wine, glittering gemstones, and scenic natural landscapes – if you’re looking for moments of splendor, then the Nahe region is the right place for you. Idyllic wine villages invite you to discover their wide-ranging wines, and even the “land down under” is suddenly within reach.


Bad Sobernheim by night
Boxes at the vineyard are ready to be filled


Standing in front of it, you could almost think you were at the foot of Uluru in Australia: Rotenfels on the Nahe rises 202 meters above the surrounding land. This mountain has the highest sheer face between Scandinavia and the Alps and attracts many climbers.



In and around the gemstone center of Idar-Oberstein, you can learn everything there is to know about the history and geology of the Nahe region. Various gemstone mines and museums impressively show what makes the famous Nahe gemstones so special.

Nahe Cycle Route

This long-distance cycle route follows the Nahe river, after which the wine-growing region was named, as it proceeds from its source to its mouth over a distance of roughly 128 kilometers. From vineyards to wine-growing villages to towns, there is much to discover along the way.


Salinental between Bad Kreuznach and Bad Münster is a distinctive destination for health and wellness seekers. Graduation works with a total length of 1.1 km line up to form Europe’s largest open-air inhalatorium.

Would you like to take a deeper dive into the scenic attractions of the Nahe region?

If so, be sure to check out the website of the wine-growing region.