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The association

The VDP.Eagle unites 197 of Germany’s finest wineries.
Any time that eagle adorns the neck of a wine bottle, it promises that the wine inside is of the highest quality! Here’s how the VDP member estates are organized...

The VDP.Federal Association

According to our understanding of quality, it is the winegrower who refines the wines, which are shaped by their origin and polished by the high VDP.Eagle.standards, to a VDP.Eagle.wine. In Germany only a small group masters this high art. We want to ensure that the VDP will continue to live up to its worldwide reputation as a quality elite in the future. Therefore, potential new members must meet strict requirements.

The most important criterion for being accepted into the circle of those whose suitability is tested is to attract national and international attention through many years of outstanding quality. Because one can neither apply for nor acquire membership. Who wants to become VDP.Winegrower, must impress before other VDP.Winegrower in such a way that we invite the newcomer to the examination of a possible membership. Then the winery is put through its paces to ensure that it suits us and that its wines meet our requirements for VDP.Eagle.wines.


Among the conditions for a membership in the VDP - for potential new members, like for us VDP.Winegrowers - count about ...

  • ... the unconditional commitment to the eight VDP.Eagle.maxims and the resulting VDP.Eagle.standards

  • ... the ownership of vineyards classified by us as good and best sites

  • ... the full-time management of the vineyard. The cultivation, development and marketing of the wines must be in the hands of the winery and supervised by qualified personnel

  • ... an appropriate external presentation of the winery

  • ... the use of the VDP.Eagle on the capsule as an identification symbol for membership in the VDP (applies to members)

All VDP.Wineries must prove regularly - at the latest every five years - during a company audit that the strict VDP.Rules are actually adhered to.  

FOUNDING YEAR
1910

MEMBERS
196 Estates from all German growing regions

POSITIONING
• Harvest quantity: approx. 3% of the German wine harvest
• Farming: approx. 5% of the German vineyard area (5,260 hectares)
• Revenue: approx. 7.5% of the turnover of German wine

AN AVERGARE VDP.ESTATE
• Vineyard: 26 hectares
• Bottles / year: 150.000
• Turnover / year: around 1.63 million Euro

RIESLING COMPETENCE
• 23 % of the German vineyards are planted with Riesling
• Within the VDP, 55% of all vineyards are planted with Riesling
• These 2,893 hectares correspond to 5% of the world Riesling cultivation and 12% of the German Riesling area

SUSTAINABILITY
• 22% of the organic area in Germany (8100 hectares) is owned by VDP
• In the VDP approx. 1700 ha of 50 wineries (partly in conversion) are organically farmed
• A quarter of the VDP goods work completely in accordance with ecological guidelines - and the trend is rising

GROWTH
• 1990: 161 wineries are members of the VDP
• Since then: 128 additions and 92 disposals
• 2019: 197 wineries are members of the VDP

TURN OVER VOLUME (2017)
• The sales volume of all VDP wineries amounted to 336 million euros with a sales volume of around 29 million bottles
• 45 % of VDP wines are marketed directly to end consumers
• 25 % are sold through specialist dealers
• Food retailing accounts for 12% of the total
• The gastronomy share is 18%
• 76% of VDP.Wines are marketed domestically and 24% are exported
• Dry wines account for more than half of exports

AVERAGE PRICES (2017):
• VDP.GUTSWEIN: 10 Euro
• VDP.ORTSWEIN: 13,20 Euro
• VDP.ERSTE LAGE®: 17 Euro
• VDP.GROSSE LAGE®: 34 Euro

The VDP and its 196 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. It is divided into the VDP.National Association on one side and the ten regional associations on the other. The organs of the national association are the general assembly, the president’s council and the executive committee. 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, of course. The president’s council comprises the president and his six vice-presidents. Together with the chairs of the regional associations and the managing director, this group forms the executive committee. The national VDP.Headquarters is located in Mainz, working in close cooperation with the regional offices in the association’s various regions.

The VDP.President

Steffen Christmann was born in 1965 in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. He grew up in his parents' winery A. Christmann in Gimmeldingen and is a 7th generation winemaker. The history of the winery A. Christmann goes back to the 17th century. Today the winery covers 17 hectares, has received many awards and is one of the top wineries in the Palatinate.


After school and military service, Steffen Christmann studied law in Heidelberg and Speyer. He was admitted to the bar in 1994. At the same time, he completed his training in viticulture at DLR Rheinpfalz, which he completed in 1995. Since 1995 he has been a partner in the law firm Hofmann & Kollegen, specialising in agricultural and wine law. In 1996 he took over his parents' winery, which he continuously developed further: conversion to organic viticulture, opening of a modern winery restaurant, new construction of wine production.


Steffen Christmann is married and has four children with his wife Daniela. His daughter Sophie is currently joining the winery. He is an enthusiastic cook, likes to read classical literature and enjoys skiing. His other duties and honorary posts include: Presbyter and synodalist of the Protestant (state) church, local advisory board in Gimmeldingen, chairman of various winegrowing committees at local, district and regional level and board member in the VDP.Pfalz.

VDP.President

STEFFEN CHRISTMANN
VDP.Estate A. Christmann
Peter Koch Straße 43
D-67435 Gimmeldingen

Email: info@weingut-christmann.de
Zum Weingut
PHONE: +49 (0) 6321 / 66039

Steffen Christmann is a man at the head of the VDP who embodies tradition and modernity in viticulture. Since 1996 he has managed the traditional family winery A. Christmann, whose roots reach back to the 17th century. Christmann is not only a trained winemaker, but also a fully qualified lawyer with admission as a lawyer. The fact that he nevertheless rejected a legal career and took over his parents' business testifies to his regional roots and his sense for the obligations of the family tradition.

THE VDP.EXECUTIVE BOARD

JOACHIM HEGER

VDP.Estate Dr. Heger
Bachenstrasse 19
79241 Ihringen


Mail: info@heger-weine.de
Website: www.heger-weine.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 7668 995110 

REINHARD LÖWENSTEIN

VDP.Estate Heymann-Löwenstein
Bahnhofstrasse 10
56333 Winningen

Mail: info@hlweb.de
Website: www.hlweb.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 2606/1919 

WILHELM WEIL

VDP.Estate Robert Weil
Mühlberg 5
65399 Kiedrich

Mail: info@weingut-robert-weil.de
Website: www.weingut-robert-weil.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 6123/2308 

PHILIPP WITTMANN

VDP.Estate Wittmann
Mainzer Strasse 19
67593 Westhofen

Mail: info@wittmannweingut.de
Website: www.wittmannweingut.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 6244/905036 

MORITZ HAIDLE

VDP.Estate Karl Haidle
Hindenburgstraße 21  
D- 71394 Kernen-Stetten

Mail: info@weingut-karl-haidle.de
Website: www.weingut-karl-haidle.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 6721-96 950 

MEIKE NÄKEL

VDP.Estate Meyer Näkel
Friedensstraße 15
D- 53507 Dernau

Mail: weingut@meyer-naekel.de
Webseite: www.meyer-naekel.de

PHONE: +49 (0)2643/1628

A total of six VDP.Vice-presidents support Steffen Christmann in his work. The vice-presidents come from different winegrowing regions, ensuring that the differing needs of the regions are always taken into consideration in this committee. The current VDP vice-presidents are Moritz Haidle (Württemberg), Meike Näkel (Ahr), Joachim Heger (Baden), Reinhard Löwenstein (Mosel), Wilhelm Weil (Rheingau) and Philipp Wittmann (Rheinhessen). The terms of office of the President and Vice-Presidents are three years.

The VDP.Board of directors

AHR
MARC ADENEUER

VDP.Estate J. J. Adeneuer
Max-Planck-Straße 8
53474 Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

E-Mail: JJAdeneuer@t-online.de
Web: www.adeneuer.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 2641 / 34473

BADEN
JOACHIM HEGER

VDP.Estate Dr. Heger
Bachenstrasse 19
79241 Ihringen

Mail: info@heger-weine.de
Web: www.heger-weine.de

PHONE: +49( 0) 7668 / 995110 

FRANKEN
ROBERT HALLER

VDP.Estate Bürgerspital z. Hl. Geist
Theaterstraße 19
97070 Würzburg

E-Mail: weingut@buergerspital.de
Web: www.buergerspital-weingut.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 931 / 3503441

MITTELRHEIN
JOCHEN RATZENBERGER

VDP.Estate Ratzenberger
Blücherstrasse 167
55422 Bacharach

Mail: weingut-ratzenberger@t-online.de
Web: www.weingut-ratzenberger.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 6743 / 1337 

MOSEL-SAAR-RUWER
DR. CARL VON SCHUBERT

VDP.Estate Maximin Grünhaus
Hauptstr. 1
54318 Mertesdorf

E-Mail: info@vonschubert.de
Web: www.vonschubert.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 651 / 5111

PFALZ
HANSJÖRG REBHOLZ

VDP.Estate Ökonomierat Rebholz
Weinstraße 54
76833 Siebeldingen

E-Mail: wein@oekonomierat-rebholz.de
Web: www.oekonomierat-rebholz.de

Tel: +49 (0) 6345 / 3439
 

RHEINGAU
WILHELM WEIL

VDP.Estate Robert Weil
Mühlberg 5
65399 Kiedrich

Mail: info@weingut-robert-weil.de
Website: www.weingut-robert-weil.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 6123 / 2308 

RHEINHESSEN
PHILIPP WITTMANN

VDP.Estate Wittmann
Mainzer Strasse 19
67593 Westhofen

Mail: info@wittmannweingut.de
Website: www.wittmannweingut.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 6244 / 905036 

WÜRTTEMBERG
MARKUS DRAUTZ

VDP.Estate Drautz-Able
Faisststraße 23
74076 Heilbronn

E-Mail: info@drautz-able.de
Web: www.drautz-able.com

PHONE: +49 (0) 7131 / 177908

SACHSEN / SAALE-UNSTRUT
DR. GEORG PRINZ ZUR LIPPE

VDP.Estate Schloss Proschwitz
Dorfanger 19
01665 Zadel über Meissen

E-Mail: weingut@schloss-proschwitz.de
Web: www.schloss-proschwitz.de

PHONE: +49 (0) 3521 / 76760

In addition to the President and the six Vice-presidents, the VDP.Executive committee also includes the regional executive committees and the managing director. The executive committee is responsible for oversight of the VDP.National Association between the general meetings. Members of the VDP.Executive committee beside Steffen Christmann and its six vice-Presidents are Marc Adeneuer (VDP.Estate J. J. Adeneuer, Ahr), Robert Haller (VDP.Estate Bürgerspital zum Hl. Geist, Franken), Jochen Ratzenberger (VDP.Estate Ratzenberger, Mittelrhein), Dr. Carl von Schubert (VDP.Estate Maximin Grünhaus, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer), Hansjörg Rebholz (VDP.Estate Ökonomierat Rebholz, Pfalz), Markus Drautz (VDP.Estate Drautz-Able, Württemberg) and Dr. Georg Prinz zur Lippe (VDP.Estate Schloss Proschwitz, Sachsen / Saale-Unstrut).

THE REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Quality reflects origin – this is the VDP’s philosophy in a nutshell. It’s why we attach particular importance to origin in our organizational structure. After all, growing conditions can vary greatly between our regions: from the Mosel with its slate steep slopes and unquestionable Riesling dominance to the cool Ahr, characterized by Pinot Noir, the sun-drenched Pfalz, the Silvaner paradise of Franken and especially nigh-Mediterranean Baden to the south. Every region has its own special characteristics. It is our aim to preserve and strengthen this regionality with all its individual quirks and traditions and to make it tastable in wine. This is why the VDP is now divided into ten regional associations. From north to south: Sachsen/Saale-Unstrut, Ahr, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Mittelrhein, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Franken, Pfalz, Württemberg and Baden. Historically, such regional winegrowers' associations were also the nucleus of the VDP. In 1910 the "Vereinigung Rheingauer Weingutsbesitzer," the "Vereinigung Rheinhessischer Naturwein-Versteigerer," the "Verein der Naturweinversteigerer der Rheinpfalz" and the "Trier Verein von Weingutsbesitzern der Mosel, Saar und Ruwer" merged to form the "Verband Deutscher Naturweinversteigerer," which later became the VDP.