VDP or Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter, the German association of premium wine producers, saw an expansion of its membership with the start of the New Year. The VDP membership has increased to 196 with three new members.
The Association now extends to the south and the east of the country, with two producers in Baden included in the south. Thomas Seeger in Leimen and Konrad Schlör in Reicholzheim. In the east, Klaus Zimmerling in the Dresden suburb of Pillnitz recently joined the VDP. In the last 20 years several producers have both joined, and left, the association. Since 1990, 73 producers have left the VDP while 108 have been accepted. According to VDP president Steffen Christmann, the VDP brand is stronger than ever due to the rigorous policy of high quality followed in the past 20 years.
This year marks the VDP’s 100th anniversary.