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Orffer Christiaan Johannes

Orffer Christiaan Johannes South African Professor Christiaan Johannes Orffer (1926-2008) studied chemistry and viticulture at Stellenbosch University. In 1948 he started as a research assistant at the Western Province Research Station Stellenbosch in the department of table grapes and then as a staff member at the Stellenbosch-Elsenburg College of Agriculture. In 1954 he was enrolled at the University of California for his PhD. Orffer was now active with regard to grapevine breeding and initiated a special grafting process. He undertook study trips and visited Western European vineyards, wineries, research institutes and universities. From 1963 to 1986 he was Professor of Viticulture and Enology at Stellenbosch University and a founding member of the South African Society of Enology & Viticulture (SASEV).

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