Two title pages from the first German wine books of 1580.
The oldest wines books in German date to the late 16th century and incredibly, they are available for reading online. These books cover a variety of subjects such as how to make and raise wine, restore wine from off states, and how to simply enjoy it. Johann Rasch (1540-1512) was an Austrian cleric, writer, and booksellers. His book Das ist: Vom baw und pflege des Weins (1580) is considered the first thorough treatment of wine growing and tasting. In doing so it covers such topics as the importance of wine in the Eucharist as well as how to detect if a wine was watered down. Another practical matter is Johann Rasch’s recipe to prevent a hangover. This involves eating “Wethamerwurtz oder Petulanakraut” or drinking milk. Perhaps as a result of Johann Rasch’s appreciation of books, his first edition contains a particularly detailed engraving. From what I can tell, little information exists in English about these important early books, which is incredible as well.
 Gruelich, Martin. Weinbüchlin , Ein Neüwe unnd hübsche bewerte kunst, wie man die Wein erhalten soll und dem bresthafftigen abgefalnen Wein wider helffen. 1580. [VD16 ZV 7030] Munchener Digitalisieruns Zentrum. URL: https://opacplus.bsb-muenchen.de/metaopac/search?documentid=1705562
 Rasch, Johann. Das ist: Vom baw und pflege des Weins, Wie derselbig nützlich sol gebawet, Was ein jeder Weinziher oder Weinhawer zuthun schuldig, Auch was für nutz und schaden durch sie kan außgerichtwerden , Allen Weingart Herren sehr nothwendig zu wissen. 1580. Munchener Digitalisieruns Zentrum. URL: https://opacplus.bsb-muenchen.de/metaopac/search?documentid=920059