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We have many standards of excellence at the VDP. Our auction wines offer one benchmark. So too do 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.


Exclusive VDP.Wines command top prices - and the whole world is ready to bid

Record results are almost commonplace at the traditional VDP.Auctions on the Mosel and Nahe and in the Rheingau, where exclusive VDP.Wines come under the hammer every year. In 2015, the 2003 SCHARZHOFBERG Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese from the VDP.Estate Egon Müller cracked the price mark for the most expensive wine in the world at the auction on the Mosel: it changed hands for the fabulous price of 14.566 euros.

Our VDP.Auctions have several notable elements: first, any wines labeled as "auction wine" are only ever available from the estate at these auctions. They will not hit the open market unless the auction winner decides to resell the bottles. As a rule, they disappear after the auction into private libraries, to be pulled out only on special occasions. In addition the auctions are conducted “wet,” meaning any wine coming under the hammer (with exception of the rarities) can be tasted in advance. Primarily wines from the current vintage are put on offer – but there are typically also a range of rarities from the libraries of the VDP.Estates. This might include grand nobly sweet wines, unique items in large bottle formats or wines vinified especially for the auction, the VDP.AUCTION.RÉSERVE.
Year after year, the traditional VDP.Auctions are regarded as barometer for the reputation of the top VDP.Wines from the new vintage. For over a hundred years, wine lovers from all over the world have been meeting to bid on these special wines. All rarities must been stored in an estate’s cellars without interruption, guaranteeing the authenticity and quality of the wines.



True commitment to German wine is always prize-worthy in our book.

Since the beginning of the new century, the Prädikatsweingüter have awarded the VDP Trophy Origin Germany to outstanding publicists who have rendered outstanding services to German wine through their work. The award is given to persons and/or publications who have made an extraordinary contribution to the positive development of German wine in general and to the image of top wines in particular and who have succeeded in communicating the topics of enjoyment, culture and origin Germany in an outstanding way.

Marcus Hofschuster
Laudator and VDP.Vice President Armin Diel congratulated Marcus Hofschuster and praised the work of the committed wine critic. "For the first time, the VDP is not honouring a book author or journalist who has made a mark with his contributions to daily newspapers or wine magazines, but a man who has quietly convinced the public with his work for Wein-Plus on the Internet and has become a pioneer in online wine reviews. Hofschuster has been the Wein-Plus wine guru known for reliably reproducible results since 2000. [...] He tastes mostly alone and always blind. He writes down his evaluation and grade and then reveals the bottle to know who the producer is. Otherwise you don't learn anything!

The VDP.Gold Needle of Honor is the VDP’s highest and most exclusive award, reserved to honor extraordinary commitment to German wine. Personalities are awarded the VDP Needle of Honor where their work has personally spread the credo of top German wines across borders.

Bearer of the VDP Gold Needle of Honor

2016  Jancis Robinson

2013  Hilke Nagel

2007  Michael Prinz zu Salm-Salm

2004  Dr. Alfred Biolek

1993  Michael Broadbent

1993  Hugh Johnson

The VDP.Silver Badge of Honour is an award given by our VDP.Winegrowers as thanks and recognition for their services to top German wines: Personalities who are awarded the VDP Silver Badge of Honour stand for upright commitment for the benefit of the association. As an expression of great esteem, the association awards this badge of honour.

Bearer of the VDP Gold Needle of Honor

2017  Paula Bosch

2016  Gert Aldinger

2014  Roland Koch

2012  Michael Graf Adelmann

2009  Georg Mauer

2008  Christina Fischer

2007  Rudi Wiest

2006  Karl Fuhrmann

2006  Gerko Baron zu Knyphausen

2005  Kazuho Hoshino

2005  Dr. Heinz von Opel

2004  Wilhelm Haag

2003  Rudolf Fries

2001  Heinz-Gert Woschek

1998  Wolfgang Siben

1998  Peter von Weymarn

1993  Hans-Jürgen Podzun


Committed without borders: impeccably trained VDP.Ambassadors.

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.