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VDP Classification

The New VDP. Die Prädikatsweingüter Classification

The Pyramid

VDP.GROSSE LAGE – THE PEAK OF THE PYRAMID 
PyramideVDP.GROSSE LAGEN designates to very best vineyards of Germany, within which the finest parcels have been narrowly demarcated. With their site-specific characteristics, these wines are particularly expressive and have exceptional aging potential. They are planted with traditional varieties best suited to a particular site, as determined by each region.  A dry wine from a VDP. GROSSE LAGE is designated VDP: GROSSES GEWÄCHS  and labeled ‘Qualitätswein trocken’.  A wine with natural, ripe sweetness from a VDP. GROSSE LAGE is labeled with one of the traditional Prädikats: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein or Trockenbeerenauslese.

VDP.ERSTE LAGE – FIRST CLASS 
VDP.ERSTE LAGEN designates first-class vineyards with distinctive characteristics. They provide optimal growing conditions, as evidenced over a long period of time. They are planted with traditional varieties, as determined by each region. A dry wine from a VDP. ERSTE LAGE is labeled ‘Qualitätswein trocken.’ A wine with natural, ripe sweetness from a VDP. ERSTE LAGE is labeled with one of the traditional Prädikats: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein or Trockenbeerenauslese.

VDP.ORTSWEIN – Sourced From Superior Soils
VDP.ORTSWEINE originate from a village’s best vineyards that are planted with grape varieties typical of their region. A dry VDP. ORTSWEIN is labeld ‘Qualitätswein trocken’. A VDP. ORTSWEIN with natural, ripe sweetness is labeled with one of the traditional Prädikats.

VDP.GUTSWEIN – Good From The Ground Up
VDP.GUTSWEINE are good, entry-level wines in the VDP’s hierarchy that inherently links wine quality with origin. The wines originate from an estate’s holdings within a region, and they meet the stringent