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A book that begins with sixteen gentlemen and deals with a flightless eagle and a hundred years of club history? This doesn't sound like an exciting read. But wine lovers who open "Im Zeichen des Traubenadlers - Eine Geschichte des deutschen Weins" (In the Sign of the Grape Eagle - A History of German Wine) by Daniel Deckers will not put the book down again so quickly!

After all, someone is writing here who knows a lot about both: about writing and about wine. And after all, the gentlemen mentioned at the beginning of this article have founded one of the most remarkable alliances the German viticulture has ever experienced: the VDNV association of German natural wine auctioneers, today called VDP association of German Prädikat Wine Estates. However, not only the association itself and its eventful history deserve interest. Also its quality mark, the aforementioned eagle, is really exciting as an early example for the successful establishment of a brand.