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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