The South African professor Christiaan Johannes Orffer (1926-2008) studied chemistry and viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1948, he started as a research assistant at the Western Province Research Station Stellenbosch in the Department of Table Grapes and then as an assistant at the Stellenbosch-Elsenburg College of Agriculture. In 1954 he was enrolled at the University of California for his doctorate. Orffer was now active in vine 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 Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch and a founding member of the South African Society of Oenology & Viticulture (SASEV).