True or False: The Verband Deutscher Qualitäts und Prädikatsweingüter (thankfully shortened to the much more manageable "VDP") in Germany is the world’s oldest association of wine estates.

A. True

Founded in 1910, the VDP claims to be the oldest association of wine estates in the world. It now comprises roughly 200 of Germany's best producers, and uses a stylized eagle with circles reminiscent of a grape bunch (mandatory use of that symbol only dates back to 1982, however).

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