The wine industry identified a gap and it was decided to compile a specialised dictionary for oenology and viticulture, as well as related subject fields. In the last few years the wine industry has expanded tremendously and it is of the utmost importance that role players can successfully communicate with one another. One of the requirements for successful communication is that specialised terms are used correctly and that users attach the same meaning to a specific term.

Emerging producers and people who do not have training or a background in the industry can be assisted by this dictionary. It fulfils a training and introductory function and can fulfil the educational needs of the user with explanations of terms that are used in the industry.

The wine industry in South Africa is characterised by dynamic development and innovations. New concepts, instruments and tests are continually being developed. It is important that users are empowered by having the correct terms at their disposal with which to describe such innovations appropriately.