The VDP and its around 200 members form the qualitative spearhead of German viticulture. The Association’s clear organizational structure is designed to ensure that it can effectively stand up for high quality standards in German wine at all times. The VDP carries the gene for the highest wine quality in its very DNA. Its original founders were passionate and driven when it came to the purity and quality of German wines. In 1910 our first association members were already known for producing wines of world renown when they founded the VDP predecessor VDNV (Verband deutscher Naturweinversteigerer e. V.). Their wines — at that time sold in wooden fuder barrels at auctions — were a must for wine dealers and top restaurants of the time.
The VDP is divided into the VDP.National Association on one side and the ten regional associations on the other. At the general assembly, each region is accorded voting rights proportionate to their size in the federation. All winegrowers present at the meeting have the right to speak. The national VDP.Headquarters is located in Mainz, working in close cooperation with the regional offices in the association’s various regions.
In 2022 the VDP is back with the traditional wine tastings in Mainz on April 24 and 25 . The largest international trade fair for German fine wines, the VDP.Weinbörse, offers trade visitors from all over the world optimal tasting conditions in the newly renovated Rheingoldhalle in Mainz. Visitors will be able to get a comprehensive picture of the collections of the new vintage from all levels of the VDP.Classification and finally exchange again personally with the approximately 180 VDP.Winemakers on site.