Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter
Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter e.V. or the Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates, is an organisation where most (but not all) of Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

's top wine
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 producers are members. It is commonly known under its acronym VDP. Its membership includes about 200 wine estates and it was founded in 1910 as Verband Deutscher Naturweinversteigerer e.V., Association of German Natural (i.e. not chaptalized
Chaptalization is the process of adding sugar to unfermented grape must in order to increase the alcohol content after fermentation. The technique is named after its developer, the French chemist Jean-Antoine-Claude Chaptal...

) Wine Auctioneers. It consists of 13 regional associations, one for each region in the German wine classification
German wine classification
German wine classification consists of several quality categories and is often the source of some confusion, especially among non-German speaking wine consumers. The official classification is set down in the wine law of 1971, although some changes and amendments have been made since then...


In order to be a VDP member, a wine estate must adhere to certain standards which are slightly more stringent than those set down in the German wine law. VDP members may (and almost always do) use the VDP logotype, a stylized eagle
Eagles are members of the bird family Accipitridae, and belong to several genera which are not necessarily closely related to each other. Most of the more than 60 species occur in Eurasia and Africa. Outside this area, just two species can be found in the United States and Canada, nine more in...

 with a cluster of grapes, on their wine bottles. Also, the members have access to the new VDP-specific classifications Erste Lage and Grosses Gewächs for top dry wines that fulfill the requirements. VDP and its regional associations also arrange German wine auctions
German wine auctions
A number of German wine auctions are held each year, where the premier German wine producers auction off some of the best young wines, as well as some older wines. Most auctions are arranged by the regional associations of Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter...

 and various marketing events.

Especially in the Mosel region, where the regional VDP association is known as Grosser Ring, several well-renowned wine estates are instead members of Bernkasteler Ring, which arranges similar auctions and marketing evens.

Member estates

(as per May 2007):

Ahr (wine region)
Ahr is a wine region for quality wine in Germany, and is located in the valley of the river Ahr, a tributary of Rhine, and is situated in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. With only of vines as of 2008, it is one of smaller of Germany's 13 regions...

  • Weingut Adeneuer
  • Deutzerhof
  • Weingut Kreuzberg
  • Weingut Meyer-Näkel
  • Weingut Nelles
  • Rotweingut Jean Stodden

Baden (wine region)
Baden is a region for quality wine in Germany, and is located in the historical region of Baden in southwestern Germany, which today forms part of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg...

  • Weingut Bercher
  • Weingut Blankenhorn
  • Staatsweingut Freiburg & Blankenhornsberg
  • Weingut Burg Ravensburg
  • Weingut Freiherr von und zu Franckenstein
  • Weingut Dr. Heger
  • Weingut Reichsgraf und Marquis zu Hoensbroech
  • Weingut Bernhard Huber
  • Weingut Stadt Lahr
  • Weingut Andreas Laible
  • Weingut Lämmlin-Schindler
  • Weingut Schloss Neuweier
  • Weingut Salwey
  • Privat-Weingut H. Schlumberger
  • Weingut Stigler
Franconia (wine region)
Franconia is a region for quality wine in Germany situated in the north west of Bavaria in the district of Franconia, and is the only wine region in the federal state of Bavaria...

  • Weingut Johann Arnold
  • Weingut Wilhelm Arnold
  • Weingut Bickel-Stumpf
  • Bürgerspital zum Hl. Geist
  • Fürstlich Castell'sches Domänenamt
  • Weingut Michael Fröhlich
  • Weingut Rudolf Fürst
  • Weingut Glaser-Himmelstoss
  • Staatlicher Hofkeller Würzburg
  • Weingut Höfler
  • Weingut Juliusspital
  • Weingut der Stadt Klingenberg
  • Weingut A.F. Kreglinger
  • Weingut Fürst Löwenstein
  • Weingut Roth
  • Weingut Johann Ruck
  • Weingut Horst Sauer
  • Weingut Egon Schäffer
  • Weingut Schmitt's Kinder
  • Weingut Richard Schmitt
  • Weingut Graf von Schönborn
  • Weingut Schwab
  • Weingut Zur Schwane
  • Weingut Schloss Sommerhausen
  • Weingut Am Stein
  • Weingut Josef Störrlein
  • Weingut Wolfgang Weltner
  • Weingut Hans Wirsching
  • Weingut Zehnthof

Hessische Bergstraße
Hessische Bergstraße
The Hessische Bergstraße is a defined region for wine in Germany located in the state of Hesse among the northern and western slopes of the Odenwald mountain chain. With only of vineyards it is the smallest of the 13 German quality wine regions...

  • Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach

Mittelrhein (wine region)
Mittelrhein is a region for quality wine in Germany, and is located along a 120 km stretch of river Rhine in the touristic portions of the Rhine region known as Middle Rhine. On the left bank of Rhine, vineyards begin immediately downstream of the Nahe River estuary and last until Koblenz...

  • Weingut Bastian
  • Weingut Toni Jost - Hahnenhof
  • Weingut Lanius-Knab
  • Weingut Helmut Mades
  • Weingut Matthias Müller
  • Weingut Ratzenberger

  • Weingut Clemens Busch
  • Weingut Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben
  • Weingut Dr. Fischer
  • Weingut Le Gallais
  • Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken
  • Weingut Grans-Fassian
  • Weingut Fritz Haag
  • Weingut Willi Haag
  • Weingut Reinhold Haart
  • Weingut Herrenberg
  • Weingut Heymann-Löwenstein
  • Weingut von Hövel
  • Weingut Karthäuserhof
  • Weingut Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt
  • Weingut Schloss Lieser
  • Weingut Dr. Loosen
  • Weingut Egon Müller-Scharzhof
    Egon Müller IV
    Egon Müller IV born 20 August 1959 is a German winemaker and owner of the wine producer Weingut Egon Müller, Scharzhof, located just outside Wiltingen. The winery is located in the Mosel wine region, more specifically the Saar district. The winery's prized wines come from the vineyard Scharzhofberg...

  • Weingut von Othegraven
    Weingut von Othegraven
    Weingut von Othegraven is a wine-growing estate in the Mosel wine region with a wine-growing history of the site from the 2nd–4th century and a documented tradition of more than 600 years...

  • Weingut Piedmont
  • Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm
  • Weingut S.A. Prüm
  • Weingut Schloss Saarstein
  • Weingut Willi Schäfer
  • Weingut Studert-Prüm
  • Weingut Erben Thanisch
  • Weingut Sankt Urbans-Hof
  • Weingut Vereinigte Hospitien
  • Weingut van Volxem
  • Weingut Dr. Heinz Wagner
  • Weingüter Gemeinrat J. Wegeler
  • Weingut Dr. F. Weins-Prüm

Nahe (wine region)
Nahe is a region for quality wine in Germany, along the River Nahe in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. On the region's of vineyards in 2008, white wine grapes dominate with 75% and Riesling is the most common variety with 27.2%...

  • Weingut Dr. Crusius
  • Weingut Schlossgut Diel
  • Weingut Dönnhoff
    Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff is a German wine grower and producer based in Oberhausen, in the wine-growing region of Nahe, Germany. The Dönnhoff family have been making wine in this region since 1750....

  • Weingut Emrich-Schönleber
  • Weingut Kruger-Rumpf
  • Gutsverwaltung Niederhausen-Schlossböckelheim
  • Weingut Schloss Wallhausen
  • Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich
  • Weingut Tesch

Rheingau (wine region)
Rheingau is one of 13 German wine regions for quality wines . Named for the traditional region of Rheingau , the wine region is situated in the state of Hesse, where it makes up part of the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis administrative district...

  • Weingut Fritz Allendorf
  • Wein- und Sektgut Barth
  • Weingut C. Belz
  • Weingut Jakob Jung
  • Diefenhardt'sches Weingut
  • Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach
  • Weingut Erbslöh
  • Weingut August Eser
  • Weingut Bernhard Eser
  • Weingut Friedrich Fendel
  • Weingut in der Straßenmühle
  • Weingut Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim
  • Weingut Alexander Freimuth
  • Weingut Georg Müller Stiftung
  • Weingut Jakob Hamm
  • Weingut Prinz von Hessen
  • Weingut Hupfeld
  • Weinbaudomäne Schloss Johannisberg
    Schloss Johannisberg
    Schloss Johannisberg is a winery in the Rheingau wine-growing region in Germany, that has been making wine for over 900 years. The winery is most noted for its claim to have "discovered" late harvest wine.- History :...

  • Johannishof
  • Weingut Jakob Jung
  • Weingut Graf von Kanitz
  • Weingut August Kesseler
  • Weingut Baron Knyphausen
  • Weingut Robert König
  • Weingut Peter Jakob Kühn
  • Weingut Künstler
  • Weingut Lorenz H. Kunz
  • Weingut Hans Lang
  • Weingut Josef Leitz
  • Weingut Fürst Löwenstein
  • Weingut Dr. Heinrich Nägler
  • Weingut Detlev Ritter und Edler von Oetinger
  • Weingut Prinz
  • Weingut Wilfried Querbach
  • Weingut Schloss Reinhartshausen
  • Weingut Balthasar Ress
  • Weingut Graf von Schönborn
  • Weingut Freiherrlich Langwerth von Simmern'sches Rentamt
  • Weingut Joseph Spreitzer
  • Weingut Schloss Vollrads
    Schloss Vollrads
    Schloss Vollrads is a wine estate in the Rheingau wine-growing region in Germany, that has been making wine for over 800 years.-History:After the donation of Verona in 983 the archbishopric of Mainz, the new owner, invested in vine growing, although vines had been cultivated there since Roman...

  • Weingüter Wegeler
  • Weingut Robert Weil
  • Domdechant Werner'sches Weingut

Rheinhessen (wine region)
Rheinhessen is the largest of 13 German wine regions for quality wines with under cultivation in 2008. Named for the traditional region of Rhenish Hesse, it lies on the left bank of the River Rhine between Worms and Bingen in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate...

  • Weingut St. Antony
    Weingut St. Antony
    St. Antony is a wine estate in the Rheinhessen wine-growing region in Germany, that has been making wine since the end of the First World War....

  • Weingut Brüder Dr. Becker
  • Weingut Heinrich Braun
  • Weingut Geschwister Schuch
  • Weingut K. F. Groebe
  • Weingut Gunderloch
  • Weingut Gutzler
  • Weingut Klaus Keller
  • Weingut Kühling Gillot
  • Weingut Oberstleutnant Liebrecht'sche Gutsverwaltung
  • Weingut Neus
  • Weingut Rappenhof
  • Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Rheinland-Pfalz (Oppenheim)
  • Weingut Villa Sachsen
  • Weingut Wagner-Stempel
  • Schloss Westerhaus
  • Weingut Wittmann

Palatinate (wine region)
Palatinate is a German wine-growing region in the area of Bad Dürkheim, Neustadt an der Weinstraße, and Landau in Rhineland-Palatinate. Before 1993, it was known as Rhine Palatinate . With under cultivation in 2008, the region is the second largest wine region in Germany after Rheinhessen...

  • Weingut Acham-Magin
  • Weingut Geheimer Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan
  • Weingut Friedrich Becker
  • Weingut Bergdolt
  • Weingut Bernhart
  • Weingut Josef Biffar
  • Weingut Dr. Bürklin-Wolf
  • Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl
  • Weingut A. Christmann
  • Weingut Dr. Deinhard
  • Weingut Fitz-Ritter
  • Weingut Henninger IV
  • Weingut Knipser
  • Weingut Koehler-Ruprecht
  • Weingut Herbert Meßmer
  • Weingut Müller-Catoir
  • Weingut Münzberg
  • Weingut Mugler
  • Weingut Pfeffingen Fuhrmann-Eymael
  • Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz
  • Weingut Karl Schaefer
  • Weingut Georg Siben Erben
  • Weingut Siegrist
  • Weingüter Geheimrat J. Wegeler
  • Weingut Dr. Wehrheim

Saale-Unstrut is a region for quality wine in Germany, and takes its name from the rivers Saale and Unstrut. The region is located on various hill slopes around these rivers...

  • Weingut Lützkendorf
  • Weingut Pawis

Saxony (wine region)
Saxony is a region for quality wine in Germany located in the German federal state of Saxony. The region is sometimes referred to colloquially as the Elbtal . The wine region covers , which makes it Germany's third smallest region, just ahead of Mittelrhein and Hessische Bergstraße in size...

  • Schloss Proschwitz

Württemberg (wine region)
Württemberg is a region for quality wine in Germany, and is located in the historical region of Württemberg in southwestern Germany, which today forms part of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Under German wine legislation, Württemberg and Baden are separate wine regions.With under vine in...

  • Weingut Gerhard Aldinger
  • Graf von Bentzel-Sturmfeder Horneck'sches Weingut
  • [Weingut Ernst Dautel]
  • Weingut Drautz-Able
  • Weingut Jürgen Ellwanger
  • Weingut Graf Adelmann
  • Weingut Karl Haidle
  • Weingut Schlossgut Hohenbeilstein
  • Weingut Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Öhringen
  • Weingut des Grafen Neipperg
  • Weingut Rainer Schnaitmann
  • Staatsweingut Weinsberg
  • Weingut Herzog von Württemberg
  • Weingut Wöhrwag

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