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The “Bund Deutscher oenologists eV ”was founded in 1955 under the former name“ Bund der Techniker des Weinbaues ”(BTW). The BTW was instrumental in the development of Geisenheim involved in engineering school. After the departure of the first Geisenheim engineers in 1964, the company was renamed the Association of Engineers in Viticulture (BIW). With the further development to the university of applied sciences, the name was changed to "Association of Graduate Engineers in Viticulture, Oenology and Beverage Technology". Because of the international cooperation in the International Oenologists Association (UIO) and the similar designation of the other national associations in the UIO, the BIW was renamed in 1989 to its current name.

The BDO aims to bring together and represent the graduates who have attended a university of applied sciences or its predecessor for viticulture, oenology and beverage technology. The association is based in the Geisenheim Research Institute. There are currently 1,600 members who are primarily active in the private sector. Around 10% of them work abroad as wine makers. Every year an excursion to the European wine-growing regions is organized for the members. The BDO also works on committees of the institute OIV With. The official BDO newsletter has been "The Oenologist" since 1973. Edmund Diesler is President of the BDO. In July 2007 there was an intensive collaboration between the BDO and the internet network Wein-Plus agreed. See also under oenology. viticulture training and Wine event Geisenheim,

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