The association "Vinissima - Women & Wine eV" was founded in 1991 by seven wine women at Kaiserstuhl in southern Baden to bathe founded. New members are only accepted on the basis of a member's personal recommendation. Today there are over 500 members in ten regional groups. According to the statutes, the Vinissima board is elected every two years during the general meeting. Re-election is only possible once, so that all board positions are filled after four years at the latest.
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 are an essential part of the Vinissima concept. Vinissima sees itself as a nationwide, job-related and cross-generational network for women who, as winemakers, oenologists, Scientists, wine merchants, restaurateurs, sommeliers, Journalists or wine marketing. Further training and exchange of members are promoted by many activities at the federal and regional level.