VDP regional associations and their chairmen

In Germany, the first regional associations of wine estates formed in the late 19th century. In 1910, they founded the Verband Deutscher Naturweinversteigerer (VDNV), an association of estates that sold their “natural,” or unchaptalized, wines at auction. A century later, the VDP national association unites wine estates throughout German wine country – from the Saar to the Main and from the Bodensee (Lake Constance) to Sachsen. When a wine estate is accepted for membership in a regional association, it automatically becomes a member of the national association.  

 

Here’s an overview of the ten VDP regional associations:

Today, the tiny wine region northwest of the Nahe is regarded as one of Germany’s most distinguished red wine regions. Some 84 percent of the vineyards are planted with red wine grapes, with Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) at the helm as “king” of the Ahr. Hard to believe, but true: the climate in the Ahr Valley is nearly Mediterranean and thus provides optimal conditions for grapes to ripen – even this far north.

Ahr: Acreage 1389 acres
VDP.Ahr: Acreage 143 acres

Regional president: Marc Adeneuer
J. J. Adeneuer
Max-Planck-Str. 8
53474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Tel.: +49 (0)2641 / 34473
Email:
JJAdeneuer@t-online.de

Members of VDP.Ahr

Baden is a little wine universe of its own, embedded in a rich cultural landscape. On one side, there is the Bodensee (Lake Constance), with its view of the Alps; on the other side, the wonderful landscape of the Tauber River Valley. Here, the gently rounded hills of Heidelberg; there, the massif of the Kaiserstuhl that majestically overlooks the Rhine Valley. Viticultural diversity here is not merely a  whim of the times, but rather something that has evolved naturally, as have its climatic and geological differences.

Baden: acreage 39079 acres
VDP.Baden:
acreage 1352 acres

Regional president: Joachim Heger
Headquartes: Timo Renner
Neunkircherstr. 16
79241 Ihringen
Tel.: +49 (0)7668/2004992
E-mail: info(at)vdp-baden(dot)de

Members of VDP.Baden

To the VDP.Baden

The vineyards of Franken, a wine-growing region steeped in history, line the slopes of the Main River. Its impressive landscape and multitude of outstanding vineyard sites are due to the soils that evolved from its unique geological makeup. The Silvaner grape, documented here for more than 350 years, reigns supreme, yet Franken is also home to Riesling and Pinot wines. Dry Franken wines are traditionally bottled in the distinctive, flagon-shaped Bocksbeutel.

Franken: acreage 15083 acres
VDP.Franken: acreage 2110 acres

Regional president: Paul Fürst
Headquarters: Jutta Hemberger
Gräfenneuses 21
96160 Geiselwind
Tel.: +49 (0)9556 / 981029
Email: vdp-franken(at)t-online(dot)de

Members of VDP.Franken
To the VDP.Franken

Wine grapes reached the Mittelrhein in the wake of Roman legionnaires and have stamped the region’s image to this day, lending it a unique character worthy of UNESCO World Heritage status. Numerous types of slate and soil formations afford the deep-rooted vine, particularly the Riesling, ideal growing conditions for producing world-class wines.

Mittelrhein: acreage  1142 acres
VDP.Mittelrhein: acreage 140 acres

Regional president: Jochen Ratzenberger
Ratzenberger Blücherstraße 167
55422 Bacharach 2
Tel.: +49 (0)6743 / 1337
Email: weingut-ratzenberger(at)t-online(dot)de

Members of VDP.Mittelrhein

Nestled between the Eifel highland to the north and the lush hills of the Hunsrück to the south, this wine-growing region is one of the world’s largest areas planted with Riesling vines. During 17 centuries of continuous viticulture the natural and manmade landscapes have seamlessly intertwined into a whole.

Mosel: acreage  21658 acres
VDP.Mosel-Saar-Ruwer: acreage 1129 acres

Regional president: Carl von Schubert
Headquarters: Fabian Theiß
Gartenfeldstrasse 12a
54295 Trier
Tel.: +49 (0)651 / 75041
Email: grosserring@vdp-mosel.de

Members of VDP.Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
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With only about 4,200 ha (10,500 acres) of vines, the Nahe is not particularly large, but due to the geological diversity of its soils, it is certainly one of Germany’s most interesting wine regions. The vineyards stretch from the southern edge of the Rhenish Slate Mountains into the valleys of the Nahe River and its tributaries, the Alsenz and Glan.

Nahe: acreage 10309 acres
VDP.Nahe: acreage 575 acres

Regional president: Frank Schönleber

Headquarters: Jessica Thomas
Karlstraße 1a
55459 Grolsheim
Tel.: +49 (0)6727 / 952 983
Email: info(at)vdp-nahe(dot)de

Members of VDP.Nahe
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The Pfalz, one of Germany’s most beautiful landscapes, is truly a paradise for gourmets. Joie de vivre and pleasure have always been priorities here. Blessed with some 1,800 hours of sunshine every year, the region is home to figs and almonds as well as endless rows of grapevines. The geographical location of the Pfalz provides grapes with optimal conditions for the production of dry wines. It’s cool enough for elegant, graceful wines and warm enough for balanced, full-bodied wines.

Pfalz: acreage 58042 acres
VDP.Pfalz: acreage 1747 acres

Regional president: Hans-Jörg Rebholz
Headquarters: Carina Sperber
Weinstraße 35
76833 Siebeldingen
Tel.: +49 (0)6345 / 9594403
Email: info(at)vdp-pfalz(dot)de

Members of VDP.Pfalz
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Bordered by the Taunus Hills to the north and the Rhine River to the south, the Rheingau cultivates the highest percentage of Riesling grapes in the world, supplemented by a small quantity of Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). The Romans recognized that the region’s climatic and geological conditions were favorable for viticulture. Later, the pioneering efforts of Benedictine and Cistercian monks led to quality improvements and even the introduction of estate bottling. 

More than 2,000 years ago the Romans discovered the beauty of the strata montana (mountain road) on the slopes of the Oden Forest. The Hessische Bergstrasse is known as Germany’s spring garden, for its fruit and almond trees are among the earliest to blossom. The forested hills protect the landscape from cold northerly and easterly winds and provide the vines with optimal growing conditions. The vineyards of the Hessian state wine domain in Bensheim on the Bergstrasse are affiliated with the VDP Rheingau.


Rheingau: acreage 7771 acres
VDP.Rheingau: acreage 3076 acres

Regional president: Wilhelm Weil
Headquarters: Mathias Ganswohl
Mühlberg 5
65399 Kiedrich
Tel.: +49 (0)6123 / 676812
Email: info(at)vdp-rheingau(dot)de

VDP Members of VDP.Rheingau
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The vineyards of Rheinhessen are on the left side of the Rhine, scattered throughout the large triangle formed between Bingen and Mainz in the north and Worms in the south. It is one of Germany’s largest and most traditional wine-growing regions. Rheinhessen is home to the vineyard “Glöck” in Nierstein, documented in a deed of gift from AD 742, the oldest mention of a German site by name. In 1402, sources in Worms first referred to “Rüssling” (Riesling) as a grape variety. With more than 1,500 hours of sunshine and only 500 mm of precipitation per year the region numbers among Germany’s drier wine regions.

Rheinhessen: acreage 65521 acres
VDP.Rheinhessen: acreage 758 acres

Regional president: Philipp Wittmann
Headquarters: Sonja Reinbold
VDP.Die Prädikatsweingüter
Taunusstr. 61
55118 Mainz
Tel.: +49 (0)6131-94565-14
Email: info(at)vdp-rheinhessen(dot)de

Members of VDP.Rheinhessen

Sachsen is one of the smallest wine-growing regions of Germany and the northeasternmost of Europe. The vineyards follow the course of the Elbe River from Pirna to Dresden, Radebeul, and Meissen, and downstream to the idyllic wine villages near Diesbar-Seusslitz. The Saxon Wine Road that parallels the Elbe for some 55 km (38 miles) harmoniously links the region’s cultural and historical sights with a scenic landscape that has been marked by viticulture for more than 850 years.


Sachsen: acreage 1216 acres
VDP.Sachsen: acreage 227 acres

 

Europe’s northernmost quality wine region is located primarily in southern Sachsen-Anhalt along the valleys of the Saale and Unstrut Rivers. The region’s southernmost vineyards straddle the Ilm River in northern Thüringen. By the mid-16th century, there were nearly 10,000 ha (25,000 acres) of vines in “greater Thüringia” (including present-day Saale-Unstrut); today it is one of Germany’s smaller regions, with 765 ha (ca. 2,000 acres) of vineyards. Fragrant, elegant Silvaner, hearty and powerful Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), as well as Rieslings rich in nuances and mineral tones bear witness to the potential of the sites and the exacting standards of the growers.

Saale-Unstrut: acreage 1890 acres
VDP.Saale-Unstrut: acreage 54 acres

Regional president: Dr. Georg Prinz zur Lippe
Headquarters: Ramona Marschall
c/o Weingut Schloss Proschwitz Prinz zur Lippe
Dorfanger 19
01665 Zadel
Tel.: +49 (0)351 / 7676-13
Email: ramona.marschall(at)schloss-proschwitz(dot)de

Members of VDP.Sachsen/Saale-Unstrut

The Neckar River runs through the heart of the Württemberg wine-growing region. From its upper course near Tübingen to its confluence with the Rhine near Heidelberg, it shapes a landscape that is both charming and inviting. In the course of several million years, together with its tributaries, the Kocher, Jagst, Murr, Enz, and Rems Rivers, the Neckar has created a contemporary, regional viticultural landscape that is at once unique and extraordinarily diverse.

Württemberg:
acreage 28068 acres
VDP.Württemberg: acreage 943 acres

Regional president: Markus Drautz
Headquarters: Diana und Dietmar Maisenhölder
Nebelhornstr. 30
70327 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 (0)711 / 6937460
Email: info(at)vdp-wuerttemberg(dot)de

Members of VDP.Württemberg