The “VDP.Adler” eagle is an established trademark for outstanding wines — and has been for over 100 years.
The VDP already 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. Demand was high, but not higher than the demands that those winegrowers put on their own wines. Later history was not kind to German winemaking — two world wars and increasing quality dilution by other enterprises weighed heavily on the reputation of the German wine, particularly abroad. The Wine Law of 1971 served as the initial spark for the VDP’s own classification system (click here for more on the history of the classification), which has existed in its current form since 2012. Today's classification of vineyard quality is based, among other things, on historical maps of German winegrowing.
You can read the eventful history of our association in our timeline or here in this comprehensive pdf. You can also find out how our symbol, the VDP.Adler or “grape eagle,” was born and became a symbol for world-class wine. Here you can find the book "The Sign of the Grape and Eagle" by the FAZ journalist and wine historian Dr. Daniel Deckers.
The maps of Tranchot and Müffling: unique evidence of German vineyard quality
Even in Napoleonic times, German vineyard sites were regarded as precision sites of origin for unique wines. This is documented not only by historical menus from this period but also by the detailed site maps of the Rhineland, Saar and Mosel, which were begun by Jean Joseph Tranchot on Napoleon's order in 1803 and completed by Karl Freiherr von Müffling from 1816 onwards. If one superimposes the maps from that time onto today's maps of the VDP.GROSSE LAGE® and VDP.ERSTE LAGE® sites, the overlaps become immediately clear. But this was only the beginning of the historical cartography of the German winegrowing region. Embark on a journey through time and find out for yourself which historical maps the VDP classifications draw on.