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Herald August

August Herold (1902-1973), a German graduate farmer and vine grower, studied agriculture at Hohenheim. After working at the State Viticulture Administration and at the Biological Reichs Institute for Agriculture and Forestry in Naumburg-Saale, he took over the management of the Württemberg Institute for Vine Breeding and Grafting in Weinsberg in 1928. After the Second World War, Herold headed his former division from 1945 to 1964, which in 1947 was incorporated into the State Teaching and Research Institute for Viticulture and Fruit Growing in Weinsberg. There he was particularly dedicated to the preservation and clone breeding of the old Württemberg quality grape varieties and was also significantly involved in the areas of grafting, adaptation and graft propagation. Herold created many breeding lines and new varieties such as Dornfelder, Hegel, Helfensteiner, the Heroldrebe named after him, Hölder, Juwel, Kerner, Ruling, Silcher and Sulmer. For his successful work he was awarded, among others, the German Federal Cross of Merit. The picture on the left shows a commemorative plaque with August Herold on the southern Scheuerberg near Neckarsulm.

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