Wine brotherhoods are mostly non-profit associations or communities whose members are united by a common love of wine. The aims and purpose are, for example, very aptly described by the motto of the "Austrian Wine Brotherhood" and is certainly generally valid for most of them: an association of men who stand up for the authenticity and genuineness of wine, who respect it as a "chivalrous" drink and who are dedicated to the cultivation of wine culture and the dissemination of knowledge about wine, its history and cultural-historical significance. There are, of course, also wine sisterhoods or associations with representatives of both sexes. In each country there are numerous such associations, which also pursue marketing and commercial objectives. One of the most famous and oldest wine brotherhoods in the world is the Burgundian Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. See also under Confrérie vineuse.