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Birk Heinrich

Dr. Heinrich Birk (1898-1973) did his PhD in philosophy in Gießen in 1929. In 1927 he became clerk for vine processing and later head of the new vine growing station at the Weinbau-Institut Geisenheim in the Rheingau. He was awarded the title of professor in 1955. He made a special effort to get a ripening Riesling, his "Geisenheim Riesling clones" are still recognized seed today. Birk created the new varieties Arnsburger. Breidecker. Ehrenfelser. hibernal. Multaner. Osteiner. Rabaner. Reichensteiner. Rotberger. Schönburger and Witberger, He also tried to improve the rootstocks of the vineyard Teleki, The technique of paraffining the graft was stimulated by him. In 1956 he became a corresponding member of the "Accademia Italiana delle Vite e del Vino" in Siena. His successor as head of the vine growing station was Dr. Helmut Becker (1927-1990).

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