The Hungarian wine merchant and vine grower Zsigmond Teleki (1854-1910) inherited about five yokes of vineyards from his father. As a young man he travelled all over Europe and founded a wine export business in 1881. Motivated by the peak of the phylloxera plague throughout Europe towards the end of the century and government subsidies to combat it, he founded a private vine nursery in Villány for the breeding of rootstock vines. He recognised early on the importance of making the right choice depending on variety and soil type. He was advised by his Austrian friend Ing. Franz Kober (1864-1943). In cooperation with him the famous rootstock Kober 5 BB was developed.