Complex Soils of Niederhäusen & Schlossböckelheim
The Nahe undoubtedly has the most complex soils of any German wine region, with conglomerates of various soil types and compounds ranging widely throughout the region. But most importantly, and most astonishingly, are the incredible variations within the same small parcels of vineyard. Vast multitudes of soil types exist within not only the base soils, but the basic top soils as well. Here are some examples from 3 top vineyards in the villages of Niederhäusen & Schlossböckelheim. Note, all of these examples are simply accumulated from a short afternoon stroll down a path through the vineyards - no intensive soil studies even need be necessary.
If complexity doesn’t come from the soil and terroir…then from where?