The today's "Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter eV" was founded in 1910 under the name "Verband Deutscher 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. Model and predecessor was founded two years earlier Great ring VDP Moselle, Founding members were associations of some growing areas. The goal at the time was to produce the members' wines produced to special quality standards Auctions for sale. In 1972, a change from "Verband der Versteigerungsvereine" to "Verband der Weingüter" took place. A change of name in "Verband Deutscher Prädikatswein- und Qualitätsweingüter eV" with a new version of the goals took place in 1990. The president became Michael Prinz zu Salm-Salm.
In 1994, the waiver of the Great position control decided to introduce and regular operational controls. The VDP Manifesto was passed 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 for the use in marketing turned out to be too long and awkward, in the year 2000 a change was made to the name "Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter eV". In the press work and in the advertising material the word sign reads "VDP - Die Prädikatsweingüter". In 2002, a three-tier and in 2012 an expanded four-tier 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 the 17-year-old Michael Prinz zu Salm-Salm, unanimously elected president and decided to expand the presidium to seven members. Next to Michael Graf Adelmann (Württemberg) and Reinhard Lowenstein (Mosel) as vice president are Armin Diel (Close), Paul Prince (Franks), Joachim Heger (Baden) and Wilhelm Because (Rheingau).
Christmann called the most important tasks of the VDP leadership the consistent implementation of the new classification and the specification of contemporary quality standards. In addition, the VDP member companies for a sustainability be sensitized in viticulture. The main objectives are image building, promotion of quality striving, regulation of the conditions of sale and representation of the members against other associations. The VDP Prädikatsweingüter understand themselves as elite of the German wine producers. As of July 2016, there were 198 member companies organized in the ten regional VDP associations. Seven of them represent one each 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,
The membership will be awarded after a longer observation or examination phase. The members must commit themselves to the observance of strict quality standards with higher standards than in the German wine law. That's lower yield, higher Mostgewichte and hand-picked from predicate choice, The vineyards must be in prime locations and have a minimum of 80% of the traditional grape varieties of the production areas concerned. It must be worked according to environmentally sound methods. With the bandage Naturland became a concept for Organic farming developed.
By greening and targeted organic fertilization becomes the natural one humus promoted in the vineyard. Membership must be confirmed at least every five years by renewed VDP checks. The wines have to go up label and capsule bear the VDP mark (coat of arms with black eagle). Although the proportion of VDP wineries, at 4,000 hectares, is only about four percent of German vineyards, the proportion of quality and premium wines is much higher. On average, the VDP estates have been family-owned for almost eight generations. The VDP membership is a winery classification.
The rules for the classification or classification of the layers and wines are under VDP classification described. See a list of all VDP wineries in the Wein-Plus Guide as well as on the VDP website .
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