We have many standards of excellence at the VDP. The bearers of our needles of honor and trophies, our VDP.Ambassadors and our Traubenadler sommeliers.
VDP.honors where VDP.honors are due! Our VDP.Winegrowers are delighted and proud to see the message of good wine from Germany (and of course from the VDP.Estates) spreading nationally and internationally. To express their respect and thanks for exceptional dedication by individual wine personalities, we have been awarding the VDP.Needle of Honor or even the VDP.Trophy to personalities who are particularly committed to wine for many years. Every year, we also look for sommeliers throughout Germany whose wine lists further awaken the thirst for VDP.Wines. Particularly outstanding concepts are awarded the title VDP.Traubenadler Sommelier. In Germany, the VDP.Wine Culture Experts also support us in raising awareness about the high quality standards and notable wines of the VDP.Estates. Internationally, we train selected wine experts from journalists to wine educators into VDP.Ambassadors.
True commitment to German wine is always prize-worthy in our book.
Our VDP:winegrowers always strive for the highest quality in winemaking. The VDP.Eagle on the bottleneck is a visible sign for this claim and for their passion. Since 2016 we have been training an exclusive selection of wine experts from all over the world to become VDP Ambassadors. The demanding program of study, which lasts several days, is carried out in cooperation with the International Wine Institute and under the direction of Master of Wine Caro Maurer. Over the course of two intensive seminar days, the participants are familiarized with all facets of the VDP Member Estates. Moderated tastings, discussions and visits to wineries round out the program and provide participants with a comprehensive set of tools. Graduates of the program can then train professionals and wine lovers in their own home countries and apply their new knowledge in their writing. The program is aimed exclusively at wine professionals working outside Germany.