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The "Bund Deutscher Oenologen e.V." was founded in 1955 under the former name "Bund der Techniker des Weinbaues" (BTW). The BTW was significantly involved in the development of Geisenheim into an engineering school. After the departure of the first Geisenheim engineers in 1964, it was renamed the "Bund der Ingenieure des Weinbaues" (BIW). With the further development to a university of applied sciences the name was changed to "Bund der Diplom-Ingenieure des Weinbaues, der Oenologie und der Getränketechnologie". Due to the international cooperation in the International Union of Oenologists (UIO) and the similar designation of the other national associations in the UIO, the BIW was renamed in 1989 to its present name

The BDO aims at the merger and professional representation of graduates who have attended a university of applied sciences or its predecessor institution for viticulture, oenology and beverage technology. The association is based at the Geisenheim Research Institute. There are currently 1,600 members, who are mainly active in the free economy. About 10% of them work abroad as winemakers. Every year an excursion to the European wine-growing regions is organised for the members. The BDO also participates in committees of the OIV Institute. The official BDO newsletter since 1973 is "Der Oenologe". The president of BDO is Edmund Diesler. In July 2007 an intensive cooperation between BDO and the Internet network Wine Plus agreed. See also under oenology, viticulture training and Wine-Event Geisenheim.

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