The German agricultural scientist Dr. Norbert Becker (1937-2012) spent his youth at a winery in Wiesbaden (Rheingau). After studying agricultural science at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen, he was an assistant at the university's institute for fruit growing and a doctoral student in Geisenheim, After completing his doctorate in Dr. agr. 1968 he became a legal clerk at the Hessian Ministry of Agriculture. In 1970 he joined the State Wine Institute Freiburg (Baden-Württemberg). The focus of his activities was vine breeding and the viticultural location customer. He was head of the unit until July 1999 Resistance- and clone breeding.
Many fungus-resistant plants were created under his leadership new varieties, when they are largely grown fungicides can be dispensed with. That was for example baron. Bronner. Cabernet Cantor. Cabernet carbon. Cabernet Carol. Cabernet Cortis. Calastra. Decora. Galante. Ganita. guarantor. Helios. monarch. Muscaris. Osella. prior. Solaris and Souvignier Gris, His most important publications included "Der Wein, Lebensfreude und Gesundheit", articles in the wine-growing textbook by Vogt / Götz, as well as around 200 publications in many magazines. He also gave around 500 lectures to a specialist audience and auditoriums interested in wine. Dr. Norbert Becker was also involved in the training of winegrowers and master winegrowers. In his spare time, he led all-day wine-growing Saturday excursions. Even after retirement, he continued to focus on the cultural, historical and health aspects of wine.