The "Federation Internationale des Journalistes et Ecrivains des Vins et Spiritueux" was founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting contact between wine journalists worldwide. This includes linking and supporting contacts between members as well as between publishers, newspapers and magazines, recognition by producers, publishers, traders, organisation of press presentations, safeguarding freedom of expression, organisation of study tours and the observance of the ethical FIJEV Charter by members. Membership of FIJEV is possible in the form of "active", "associated" and "supporting" as well as "honorary member of merit"
The active ones include publicly recognised journalists, columnists and editors with regular publications, at least quarterly, as well as authors and writers on the subject of wine and spirits who have complied with the FIJEV statutes/criteria after submitting an application. In the case of associate members, their scope of activities is not (yet) sufficient. Supporting members include those interested in the topic of wine & spirits, professional associations, oenologists, wine merchants, wineries, distilleries, PR firms, restaurateurs and hoteliers. There are members from 60 countries. A yearbook is published every two years. The Vereinigung Weinfeder e.V.
acts as the German section of FIJEV. See also under Literature
and Winegrowing Institutions