The VDP Eagle

In order to become a member of the VDP, you need to be outstanding. Only those who attract attention by creating wines of long-term, superb quality may hope to become a VDP vintner.

Founded in 1910, the “Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter” (VDP) is by now the world’s oldest wine growers’ association and regards itself as the elite in German viticulture. Thus, the prerequisites for membership are rather strict: It can neither be purchased nor personally applied for, but is by invitation only to those whose long-term, outstanding quality has sufficiently impressed other VDP members.

We want handcrafted, culturally inspired wines that reflect their origin. Wines that are authentic … that impart joie de vivre … that illustrate the entire stylistic diversity of Germany’s wine-growing regions.

VDP’s philosophy of quality

Consequently, Lämmlin-Schindler is especially proud to be counted among the VDP vintners since 2006, which means being associated with the nation’s most renowned wine estates and being allowed to mark their bottles with the VDP logo, a stylized eagle bearing a cluster of grapes. In order to meet the high quality standards of the VDP, its members must comply to stringent regulations.

The four-tier pyramid of VDP classification organizes the different wines according to terroir and rates them with regard to their origin and quality.

The peak of the pyramid: VDP.Große Lage. Up here, everything needs to be perfect: site, grape variety and development. Three of Lämmlin-Schindler’s wines actually meet these standards for the highest quality, die Großen Gewächse of Mauchener Frauenberg: Chardonnay, Riesling and Spätburgunder which won gold at the International Organic Wine Award in 2016.