You are using an old browser that may not function as expected. For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.

Log in Become a Member


The Catholic order with the well-known rule "ora et labora" (pray and work) and black robes was founded by Benedict of Nursia (480-542), who was later canonised, around 529. The first monastery was Montecassino in the southern Italian region of Lazio (which was badly damaged during the Second World War). In the Rule of the Order, which he wrote, it says about the consumption of wine: "Taking into account the weaker brothers, we believe that one hemina (about 0.27 litres) a day is sufficient. But those to whom God has given the gift of abstinence may know that a special reward awaits them. But if circumstances show that the measure mentioned is not possible, but much less or nothing at all, we exhort the brethren to abstain from murmuring" (see many other sayings about wine under quotations).

Voices of our members

Egon Mark

For me, Lexicon from wein.plus is the most comprehensive and best source of information about wine currently available.

Egon Mark
Diplom-Sommelier, Weinakademiker und Weinberater, Volders (Österreich)

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

26,032 Keywords · 46,827 Synonyms · 5,324 Translations · 31,367 Pronunciations · 184,957 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon