Wine Bibliography

Bibliographies will be updated as new information is revealed.

Pliny’s Natural History. Rackham H., Jones W.H.S., Eichholtz D.E. (trans.), Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, London: William Heinemann, 1949-54 (public domain)

XI […] Another wine of the sweet class is called honey-wine; (Latin & English, the book) (English only, as website)


Vitruvius (Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, 1st C BC). Architecture, ou Art de bien bastir, de Marc Vitruue Pollion Autheur Romain Antique. Paris, 1547.


Pliny the Elder (1st c AD). The Historie of the World. London, 1601. (1634)


L. Iunius Moderatus Columella. De re rustica, about 60 CE.
L. Junius Moderatus Columella of Husbandry in Twelve books and his Book concerning Trees. London, UK: A. Millar (transl.), Book XII, p 517, 1745.

CHAP. XXV. Of salt Water and Strong Brine for preserving Wines


Geoponika, translated from Ancient texts, by various authors, 10th CE
Compiled during the 10th CE in Constantinople for the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus. Agricultural Pursuits, by Reverend T. Owen (trans.), of the Queen’s College at the University of Oxford, 1805.



Cassianus Bassus. Les xx. liures de Constantin Cesar, ausquels sont traictes les bons enseignemens d’Agriculture: traduicts en Francoys par M. Anthoine Pierre, Licentie en droict. Poitiers, 1543 (1545).


Petrus de Crescentiis (Piero d’Crescenzi, Pietro de Crescenzi). Libri XII Ruralium Commodorum (ca. 1309).

(French) Pierre des Crescens. Le liure des prouffitz châpestres et ruraulx. Lyon, 1530.

(German) Petrus de Crescentiis. Von dem nutz der ding die in äckern gebuwt werde. Strassburg, 1518



The Good Wife’s Guide “Le Menagier de Paris”, translated by Gina L. Greco & Christine M. Rose. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009.

317. Hippocras.
319. To make red white wine red at the table,
337. To remove water from wine,
338. To make fortified wine.


Richard Arnold. The Customs of London: Otherwise Called Arnold’s Chronicle, 1503; Francis Douce, London 1811

The Ressaite to make Ypocras.
The Crafte to make Ypocras and Braket and Clare.
For Clarre.
For Braket.


Een notabel boecxken van cokeryen (1513) editie Ria Jansen Sieben & Marleen van der Molen-Willebrands. De Kan, Amsterdam 1994 © 2009 dbnl

165 Om goeden finen witten clareyt te maken.
165 To make good fine white claret.
166 Om te maken finen rooden clareyt.
166 To make a fine red claret.
167 Om te maken finen gheluwen [gele] clareyt.
167 To make fine yellow claret.
168 Om te maken eenen stoop goeden finen ypocras.
168 To make one stoop good fine hypocras.
169 Om te maken goeden finen ypocras.
169 To make good fine hypocras.
170 Noch om te maken anderen ypocras.
170 Also to make another hypocras.
171 Noch om te maken goeden finen ypocras.
171 Also to make another fine hypocras.


T bouck van wondre, 1513, anonymous; thesis by H.G.Th. Frencken. Drukkerij H. Timmermans, Roermond 1934

To make diverse wines. Capit. LXVIII.
To find out if grapes are ripe enough to be cut. That LXIX capittel.
When the must has been seething
If you want to keep the good precious wine /
To make must sweet. Capit.
LXXTo make unhealthy wine strong /
Item do in an ame wine one stoop of roasted wine
To make from white wine red wine. Cap. LXXII.
To help wine which begins to turn – Capt LXXIII.
To make wine with ritsoelen [?]. Cap. LXXIV.
To make with cloves – Capit. LXXV.
To make wine sagitta– Capit. LXXVI.
To make good wine garnet – Capit. LXXVII.
To make claret similar as made in Rome / cleaned. [?] – Capit. LXXVIII.


Gabriel Alonso de Herrera (Alcala de Henares). Obra de Agricultura, 1513 (Medina del Campo, 1584) (1520)


Polidore Virgile. An Abridgement of the notable worke of POLIDORE VIRGILE. London, 1546.


Cottereau Columelle (Claude Cotereau). Les Douze Livres de Lucius Iunius Moderatus Columella des choses Rusticques. 1551. (1552)


Honorat Jean-Baptiste Bruyerin (Ioannus Bruyerinus Campegius). De Re Cibaria Libri XXII. Omnium ciborum genera, omnium gentium moribus, & usu probata complectentes. Lyon, 1560.


Jacobus Praefectus. De Diversorum vini generum natura liber. Venice, 1559.


Leonardo Fioravanti. De Capricci Medicinale. Venice, 1564. (1561)


Agostina Gallo. Le Dieci Giornate della vera Agricoltura, e Piaceri della Villa. 1566. (academic access)


Charles Estienne & Jean Liebault. L’Agriculture et Maison Rustique. Paris, 1583. (1583)


Agostino Gallo. Secrets de la vraye agriculture. Chez Nicolas Chesneau, 1571. (1571)


Alessandro Petronio. Del Viver delli Romani et di Conservar la Santina. Rome, 1592.


Giovanni Vitorre Soderini (Giovanvettorio Soderini). Trattato della Coltivazione delle Viti e del Frutto, che se ne puo’cavare. (end 16th c) 1734. (1806)


Hugh Platte. The Jewell House of Art and Nature, conteining diverse rare and profitable Inventions, together with sundry new experimentes in the Art of Husbandry, Distillation, and Moulding. London: Peter Short, 1597.

77. How to keepe Claret wine, or any other wine good, many yeares together.
97 How to put severall liquors or Wines in one Glasse, without mixing.


The Jewell House of Art and Nature, conteining diverse rare and profitable Inventions, together with sundry new experimentes in the Art of Husbandry, Distillation, and Moulding. By Hugh Platte. London: Peter Short, 1597.

To helpe Wine that reboileth.


From Naturall and artificial directions for health deriued from the best philosophers, as well moderne, as auncient. By William Vaughan, Master of Artes, and student in the ciuill law. By William Vaughan, 1600.

Chap. 2. Of Wine.


Johann Coler. Oeconomia oder Haussbuch. Wittenberg, 1600/1597.


Olivier de Serres. Le Theatre d’Agriculture & Mesnage des Champs. Paris, 1608.


Charles Estienne & Jean Liebault. Maison Rustique, or, The Countrey Farme. London, 1616.


Wirsung (Wirtzung), Christopher. The General Practise of Physick. Jacob Mosan. London, 1654.

The 18. Chapter of all kinds of Wine. p.810


Nicolas de Bonnefons. Les Delices de la Campagne. Paris, 1654.


John Evelyn. The Vintage, as appended to The English Vineyard Vindicated, published in The French Gardiner. London, 1669.


Louis Liger. Oeconomie Generale de la Campagne, ou Nouvelle Maison Rustique. 1700/1701. Le Menage des Champs et de la Ville, ou Le Cuisinier Francois accommodé de nouveau au goust du Tems. Paris, Michel David, 1716 La Nouvelle Maison Rustique, ou Economie Generale de tous les Biens de Campgne, 1762.