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Bronner Johann

The German winery owner and wine pioneer Johann Philipp Bronner (1792-1864) first completed training as a pharmacist and studied pharmacy in Würzburg (Swiss francs). In the foreword to his first book, “The Improvement of Viticulture,” published in 1830, Bronner mentions that in 1826 he was able to acquire wasteland in Wiesloch, on which he practiced viticulture. Here he tested several of pruning and built a sample nursery with 400 different varieties that are several hundred thousand vines included. In 1839 the area in honor of Margrave Karl III. Wilhelm (1679-1738) was christened Wilhelmshöhe, and Bronner was awarded the title of Economist because of his merits in viticulture. In line with his motto "Capture and use the spirit of the times", Bronner traveled to many wine-growing regions on behalf of the Baden government. That were in Germany today's growing areas palatinate. Moselle. Rheingau. Saxony and Wuerttemberg, as well as the countries France, the Switzerland. Austria-Hungary and Italy,

Johann Philipp Bronner - Johann-Philipp-Bronner School in Wiesloch (Baden-Württemberg)

The main focus of his activities was ampelography (determination of grape varieties), wine geography, wild grapes, cultivated areas ampelography (Determination of grape varieties), wine geography, Wild vines, Cultivation technology as well as the production of red wine and sparkling wine. Around 1840 he selected what is today a very rare variety from a wild vine Orangetraube, He documented his extensive experience in many publications. He brought it from France St. Laurent and from Austria in 1840 Blue Portuguese to Germany. Through his recommendations too unmixed Vineyards (with Riesling and Pinot Noir), regular harvesting and orderly cellar management, Bronner is one of the pioneers of German quality winegrowing. The new breed was in his honor Bronner named. Bronner was also concerned about improving wine quality. He developed a high-speed press (spindle Press ), which he also marketed in the form of models. These were then reproduced in their original size and replaced the unwieldy tree nuts ( Torggel ). Bronner was also a passionate rose grower, a variety also bears his name.

Left picture: Original Wiesloch Museum, in the public domain, link
Right: From BeSt - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 , Link

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