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Breider Hans

The German viticulture expert Professor Dr. Hans Breider (1908-2000) studied biology and genetics at the universities of Münster and Innsbruck. From 1936 until his military service during the Second World War, he worked at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Breeding Research in Müncheberg, and from 1947 to 1950 he headed the vine breeding institute in Alzey(Rheinhessen). From 1950 onwards, he was initially responsible for vine breeding at the Bavarian State Institute for Viticulture and Horticulture in Würzburg(Franconia), and from 1959 to 1973 he was director of this institute. There, the "breeder with passion" created numerous new varieties such as Albalonga, Augusta Luise, Cantaro (1), Fontanara, Hildegardistraube, Mariensteiner, Montagna, Muscabona, Ortega, Osiris, Perle, Sissi, Tamara and Thekla. He was equally successful in the breeding of rootstocks suitable for the Franconian growing region. Breider was also extensively active as an author, among others he wrote the books "Der Weinstock am Haus" (1967), "Das Buch vom Frankenwein" (1974), "Trink Dir Freude" (1979), "Die Bedeutung von alten und neuen Rebensorten für die Zukunft des fränkischen Weinbaues" (1982) and "Einführung in die Welt des Weines" (1984). Due to his merits, he received numerous honours such as the honorary professorship of the University of Würzburg and Franconian medal in gold of the Franconian Wine Growers' Association.

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