The association "Vinissima - Women & Wine eV" was founded in 1991 by seven wine women in the southern Baden Kaiserstuhl in to bathe founded. New members are added only on the personal recommendation of a member. Today there are over 500 members in ten regional groups. The Vinissima board is elected by statute every two years during the general meeting. A re-election is only possible once, so that after four years at the latest, all board posts are filled.
Part of the motivation was that women were underrepresented in the wine industry at the time. The exchange of knowledge and experience, getting to know each other and solidarity with each other is an essential part of the Vinissima idea. Vinissima sees itself as a nationwide, job-related and intergenerational network for women working as winemakers, oenologists, Female scientists, wine merchants, restaurateurs, sommeliers, Journalists or wine marketing are active. Further education and exchange of members are promoted by many activities at federal and regional level.