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Herold August

The German graduate farmer and vine breeder August Herold (1902-1973) studied agriculture in Hohenheim. After working at the State Viticulture Administration and the Reich Biological 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 managed his former division from 1945 to 1964, which had been incorporated into the State Training and Research Centre for Viticulture and Fruit Growing in Weinsberg in 1947.

Bild links: Gedenk-Plakette mit August Herold am südlichen Scheuerberg bei Neckarsulm.

There, he was particularly dedicated to the preservation and clonal breeding of the old Württemberg quality grape varieties and was also instrumental in the areas of grafting, adaptation and graft propagation. Herold created many breeding strains and new varieties such as Dornfelder, Hegel, Helfensteiner, the Heroldrebe named after him, Hölder, Juwel, Kerner, Ruling, Silcher and Sulmer. Among other honours, he was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit for his successful work. The picture on the left shows a commemorative plaque with August Herold on the southern Scheuerberg near Neckarsulm.

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