Today's "Association of German Wine Producers eV" was founded in 1910 under the name "Association of German Naturweinversteigerer eV". This was done on the initiative of the Mayor of Trier Albert von Bruchhausen (1859-1948), who was also the first chairman of the association. The role model and predecessor was the one founded two years earlier Large ring VDP Moselle, Founding members were associations of some growing areas. The aim at that time was to bring up the members' wines produced according to special quality standards Auctions for sale. In 1972 there was a change from "Association of Auctioning Associations" to "Association of Wineries". A change of name to “Association of German Quality Wine and Quality Wineries eV” with a new version of the goals took place in 1990. Michael Prinz zu Salm-Salm became president.
In 1994 the waiver of the Great position control decided and regular operational controls introduced. The VDP Manifesto was adopted in 1996 to secure the wine heritage for the future. Uniform classification principles for plants of German origin were introduced in 1998. Since the name turned out to be too long and cumbersome for use in marketing, the name changed to "Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter eV" in 2000. In the press work and in the advertising material, the word character is "VDP - Die Prädikatsweingüter". In 2002 it became a three-stage and in 2012 an expanded four-stage VDP classification model adopted.
The VDP is divided into a federal association and ten regional associations. The organs of the federal association are the general assembly and the board. The board consists of the president, six vice presidents, the chairmen of the regional associations and the managing director Hilke Nagel. In July 2007 the general meeting elected Steffen Christmann as successor to Michael Prinz zu Salm-Salm, who has been in office for 17 years, unanimously as President and decided to expand the Presidium to seven members. In addition to Michael Graf Adelmann (Württemberg) and Reinhard Lowenstein (Mosel) as vice presidents are Armin Diel (Close), Paul Prince (Franconia), Joachim Heger (Baden) and Wilhelm Because (Rheingau) represented.
Christmann named the most important tasks of the VDP leadership to be the consistent implementation of the new classification and the specification of contemporary quality standards. In addition, the VDP member companies for one sustainability be sensitized in viticulture. The main goals are maintaining the image, promoting quality, regulating the terms of sale and the right of representatives to represent other associations. The VDP-rated wineries see themselves as the elite of German wine producers. As of July 2016, there were 198 member companies that are organized in the ten regional VDP associations. Seven of them each represent one growing region and three each represent two. These are to bathe. Franconia. middle Rhine. Near and Ahr. Moselle. palatinate. Rheingau and Hessian mountain road. Saxony and Saale-Unstrut such as Wuerttemberg,
Membership is only granted after a long observation or examination phase. The members have to commit to strict quality standards with higher standards than in the German Wine Act. That is lower yield, higher Mostgewichte and hand-picked from grade choice, The vineyards must be in prime locations and have a minimum stock of 80% of the traditional grape varieties in the growing regions concerned. You have to work according to environmentally compatible methods. With the association Naturland became a concept for organic farming developed.
By greening and targeted organic fertilization becomes the natural humus promoted in the vineyard. Membership must be confirmed at least every five years by renewed VDP controls. The wines have to be on label and capsule bear the VDP mark (coat of arms with black eagle). With 4,000 hectares, the share of VDP wineries is only around four percent of the German vineyard area, but the share of quality and quality wines is much higher. The VDP goods have been family-owned for an average of almost eight generations. VDP membership is a winery classification.
The rules for the classification or classification of the locations and wines are under VDP classification described. See a list of all VDP wineries in the Wein-Plus wine guide and on the VDP website .
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