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 that time was to produce the members' wines produced according 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 revised 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 regular operational controls. 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 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 as well as an expanded four-tier 2012 were added 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 meeting and the executive committee. 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 Assembly elected Steffen Christmann as successor to the 17-year-reigning 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 (Franconia), 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 goals of the VDP are the image-building, the promotion of the quality striving, the regulation of the conditions of sale as well as the representation of the members against other federations. 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 growing area and three each represent two. These are Baden, Franconia, Middle Rhine, Nahe-Ahr, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Palatinate, Rheingau with the Hessian mountain road, Saxony-Saale-Unstrut and Württemberg.
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. The VDP goods have been in family ownership for almost eight generations on average. The VDP membership is a winery classification. The detailed 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 wine guide with wine ratings - as well as the VDP website .