Association of German Pradikat Wine Estates
Definition - What does Association of German Pradikat Wine Estates mean?
The Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates, locally called Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter e.V. or VDP, is Germany's organization where many of the country's top wine estates are members. To be a member, they must follow standards according to the organization's logo and classification specifications. The VDP's main purpose is to ensure the authenticity of German wines, protecting producers and consumers.
WineFrog explains Association of German Pradikat Wine Estates
The Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates is an organization of Germany consisting of members that are top wine producers. The organization was found in 1910 and is made up of 200 wine estates along with the Association of German Natural Wine Auctioneers. The 200 members are from 13 different wine regions that fall under the German wine classification system. In order for the estates to remain members, they must follow certain standards under the German wine law. Each member is given a logo of an eagle with a cluster of grapes on their wine bottles. This is a "stamp of approval" which ensures the quality and authenticity of the wine.
The Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates is also in charge of arranging the country's wine auctions and marketing events.