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Oberhäuser Brücke - more soils than a vineyard 10x its size.

In giving examples of the complex soils of the Nahe, perhaps the most intriguing and impressive representation of this is the incredible monopole site of Dönnhoff, Oberhäuser Brücke.  This small, flat site, adjacent to the Nahe river banks, represents some of the widest ranges in soil composition to be seen in such a small area.  Check the video here - the camera is simply panning from a stationary position, and even in this low quality video you can still see 4 distinctive top soils within the range of merely 6 rows of vines.  Incredible.

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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?