See under wine lexicon.
The wine encyclopaedia of wein.plus is the world's largest online knowledge database on wine. It consists of keywords (terms) and entries (texts) that explain these keywords. It contains descriptions of around 3,100 grape varieties, over 2,000 wineries, well over 10,000 different vineyard, wine and vinification terms, around 100 wine-growing countries with their wine-growing history, wine-growing regions, grape varieties, wineries and wines, over 600 biographies of famous wine-growing personalities as well as all important wine-legislative issues. In the period from 1999, when it contained around 800 keywords, to the present day, it has grown by a factor of around 30. The encyclopaedia is a "living" work, because it constantly takes into account comments from users, adapting it to their needs.
There are about 26,000 keywords with mostly very detailed texts and many graphics and pictures. More than 173,000 cross-references (hyperlinks) refer to other keywords - these are highlighted in red. In addition, over 47,000 synonyms (aliases) have been created. This means that 73,000 terms lead to a hit. In printed form, this would result in over 4,500 pages in A4 format with pure text. However, since about 3,700 keywords contain at least one picture/graphic, because "pictures say more than 1,000 words", it is about 6,000 pages.
With a wine encyclopaedia of this size, the question inevitably arises of how to find the desired information as quickly as possible. In principle, there are two possibilities
1) Click on 0-9 or a letter (encyclopaedia terms by initial letter)
2) Entering a search term in the search field
With option 1, all keywords are displayed in alphabetical order and the total number is also listed. Now it can be determined whether there is a desired keyword or a similar one. This can be time-consuming, however, because with many letters there are far more than 1,000 keywords. If a certain word cannot be found under C, look under K or Z; the same applies to Ch under Dsch and Tsch, F under Ph, J under Y, Sch under Ch and Sh as well as V under W (and of course vice versa).
In variant 2, a term or the desired information is entered in the search field, whereby no diacritical marks have to be taken into account. These are dots, dashes, ticks, arcs or circles that indicate a different pronunciation or stress and are placed above or below the letter. Diacritical marks are particularly common in Eastern and Southern languages (Greek, Croatian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Czech, Turkish, Hungarian, etc.). This means that instead of "â" also "a" or instead of "ñ" also "n" or instead of "ç" also "c" is sufficient. This also applies to the "ß" and umlauts - even with "units of measure" units of measure are found, with "alteste Weine" älteste Weine and with "Große Lage" Grosse Lage. Likewise, there is no need to pay attention to upper/lower case, hyphens and blanks. In addition, minor spelling mistakes are also tolerated; with "Eziehungsfom", "Erziehungsform" is found.
If the specified "search word" matches an existing "keyword" 1:1, it will be displayed first. All other keywords listed are sorted by relevance. The longer the keyword (containing the search word as a part), or the less it matches it, the less relevant it is and...