1948 | REBUILDING OF THE ASSOCIATION
The association was suspended during the Second World War. Rebuilding only began after the new state government approved the statutes of the Verein der Naturwein-Versteigerer der Rheinpfalz on September 15th 1948. The 67 members at that time committed themselves "to protect and promote the interests of the producers of the natural wines from the Pfalz winegrowing region." This was to be achieved in particular through the following measures: Regulation of the auction dates and conditions, joint advertising, attendance at exhibitions at home and abroad, supervision of the wines of the members by representatives, other questions regarding the wine sales of its members, knowledge exchanges in the area of viticulture, wine treatment and wine utilization as well as consultation of the members.
1955 | WINE COOPERATIVES LEAVE THE ASSOCIATION
The articles of association are amended to read "Members of the association can only be associations whose members exclusively produce naturally pure wines from their own natural cultivation and which auction or otherwise sell them in a naturally pure state." In practical terms, this change meant the end of membership by winegrowers' cooperatives.
1958 | PFALZ LEADS AT THE VERBAND DEUTSCHER NATURWEIN-VERSTEIGERER
In 1958, Dr. Albert Bürklin wrote: "Both in terms of the number of members and the extent of ownership, the Pfalz Association is at the top of the list of associations united within the Verband Deutscher Naturwein-Versteigerer. At that time, the association had 54 members with 1.889 hectares of vineyards. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, a large auction took place on March 17-18, 1959 at the Deidesheim winegrowers' cooperative. "All wines to be sold there," it was said, "are natural, the auctioneers' own growths and come from the best sites of the Mittelhaardt."
1971 | THE END OF NATURAL WINE
The new wine law of 1971 forbid the use of the "natural" indicator. From then on, the quality of the wine was to be determined solely by Öchsle degrees. In light of the abolition of "natural wine," the dissolution of the association was also discussed. A National General Assembly was convened for this purpose, but the members instead voted in favor of sounding out the association's chances of survival.
1972 | THE VEREIN DER PRÄDIKATSEINGÜTER DER RHEINPFALZ IS FOUNDED.
1972 saw the "Verband Deutscher Naturweinversteigerer" discuss new potential names. "Mosel and Pfalz defended the word 'Prädikatswein,' because it would correspond more to the tradition of the old natural wine auctioneers," read the minutes of the general meeting of September 29, 1972. After long debate it was finally agreed that the new name would be the "Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter e.V." In 1975, following the departure of the cooperatives, the church-held estates and teaching institutions, the Pfalz association now renamed itself "Verein der Prädikatsweingüter der Rheinpfalz e.V." (VDP.Rheinpfalz). At that time, there were 20 member estates.
1991 | VDP ADOPTS STRICT QUALITY RULES
A new era begins. The VDP estates introduce strict production rules (reduced harvests, increased must weights and marketing rules), and it becomes obligatory to use the association logo on the capsule. Compliance with these rules is monitored through routine inspections.
1994 | LAUNCH OF A CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
The VDP wine estates seek to correct the misguided development of the German wine law through further self-restrictions. After a fierce discussion, it was decided that large vineyard block names would no longer be used for labeling of wines. The emphasis on selective manual harvests is promoted in response to the increasing use of harvesters. The VDP decides to develop its own independent classification of the German vineyard sites.
2002 | THE FIRST CLASSIFICATION STATUTE
The VDP decides on an internal classification system for the association. It is a mixture of the best elements of the Romanesque and German winegrowing traditions. The capsule with the grape eagle stands for a classification of wineries based on the Bordeaux model.
2012 | THE VDP.QUALITY PYRAMID IS INTRODUCED
On the basis of the association’s own internal vineyard classification system, the VDP.Estates ratify the use of the VDP.GUTSWEIN, VDP.ORTSWEIN, VDP.ERSTE LAGE® and VDP.GROSSE LAGE® designations.