Comprehensive work with around 30,000 titles (as of 2013) on the subject of wine. The idea was developed in 1971 by the then President of the Society for the History of Wine, Prof. Dr. Helmut Arntz, and the then Managing Director, Dr. Karl Fill. The basis for the realisation was a cooperation between the Society and the University Library of Bonn, in which the main author Renate Schoene (1945-2013) worked as a graduate librarian and library officer. The enormous work was created with the data technical support of Dr. Wolfgang Thomann, like Schoene a member of the scientific advisory board of the Society for the History of Wine. In 1976 the first edition was published in book form with 6,527 titles, followed by the supplementary volumes one to three in 1978, 1982 and 1984. In 1988 they were combined with a fourth supplement to form a second edition with a total of 14,713 titles at that time.
From 1996 onwards, the first thoughts were given to digitising the bibliography and making it freely available on the Internet. Since 2003 the wine bibliography is available free of charge as a database on the Internet [=Schoene3]. It is published by the Society for the History of Wine. (Wiesbaden), on whose website the work is made available. It is supported by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV, Bonn) and sponsored by DWI (German Wine Institute). The period covered by the listed wine publications extends from the 15th century to the present day. The database contains publications on the history and culture of wine, viticulture, winemaking, wine enjoyment, the wine industry, wine law and on almost all wine growing regions. See also under literature and drinking culture.