VDP General Meeting Convenes in Deidesheim

Members decide on restrictions for new vineyard boundaries as well as phaseouts of classification exceptions to improve clarity among consumers.

At the general meeting of the Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates (VDP) in Deidesheim on 7 July 2015, the four-tier classification that has linked the origin and quality of a wine since its implementation in 2012 was once again an important topic of discussion. The delegates voted on a regulation governing the classification of new vineyard sites. These can be legally created from expanded or geologically heterogenous individual vineyard sites by using EU protected designations of origin or traditional parcel names listed in the vineyard registry. For VDP estates, the most important criteria in determining vineyard boundaries are historical legitimacy, soil evaluation, and clear geological and topographical distinctiveness. In addition, wines from classified sites must have a clear-cut taste and sensory profile.

The delegates also decided that as of the 2016 harvest, the VDP’s classification must be implemented in all regions. All exceptions to date will expire. This means more clarity for consumers.

During the meeting, VDP national headquarters presented the new classification flyer. It simply and clearly outlines the four-tier VDP classification and its appellations of origin: VDP.GUTSWEIN | VDP.ORTSWEIN  |  VDP.ERSTE LAGE  |  VDP.GROSSE LAGE. Effective immediately, the flyer can be downloaded from the VDP’s website as soon as possible.

The VDP estates present at the meeting unanimously agreed to work quickly on the project to prepare digital, interactive views of all VDP.GROSSE LAGEN, which will also provide access to comprehensive facts and figures on each site (slope, geology, history, etc.). The goal is to enable wine enthusiasts to more easily understand the VDP’s classification. The condition therefor is the planned harmonization of the data on all individual vineyard sites throughout Germany by the German Wine Institute/Mainz.

The VDP national association, with headquarters in Mainz, serves as an umbrella organization for ten regional associations. The bodies of the national association are the body of members and the executive committee. The executive committee consists of the president, six vice presidents, the chairmen of the regional associations, and the managing director. At this writing, the VDP has ca. 200 members. They meet once a year to plan the association’s work in the months to come and determine a common strategy. It serves as an important forum for members to exchange opinions.