One of the driest German regions, protected by the Rheingau and Hunsrück ranges, Nahe is an area of great geological diversity. Its Rieslings vary from spicy, full-bodied and long-lived, to elegantly fruity, to Martin Tesch’s racy, dry wines, with a range of flavours from apple to peach and more exotically zesty notes. Beautifully crafted Rieslings from Dönnhoff are among the Nahe’s, and indeed the world’s, greatest. ‘Riesling has to be like rock water or a mountain stream,’ says Hermann Dönnhoff. ‘It can be shy to start with but should have length and acidity that makes it dance across the palate.’ Dönnhoff apart, Nahe greats include Emrich-Schönleber, Hans Crusius, Schäfer-Fröhlich and Schlossgut Diel.