The German winery owner and Reichsrat Franz Eberhard Ritter von Buhl (1867-1921) came from a well-respected family of winegrowers in the palatinate
and studied law and economics. After the death of his father Franz Armand Buhl (1837-1896) he took over the "Peter Heinrich Jordan Erben" winery. After his marriage, he combined the inheritance with the land acquired in 1909 to form one of the largest privately owned German wineries and later named it after his title of "Reichsrat der bavarian chamber" Reichsrat von Buhl
, Buhl made special efforts to combat vine pests and to further develop viticulture. His father Armand Buhl had a law against the import of foreign vines in the fight against in 1873 phylloxera
enforced. In France, Franz Eberhard Buhl had vine refinement tests carried out on German grape varieties for years. He was a co-founder of the Palatinate Commission for Combating Vine Pests and the Winegrowers' Association in the Palatinate. He was also the founder of the DWV
(German Wine Association), from 1905 to 1920 its president and then honorary president. Furthermore, he held many functions in national (e.g. as a committee member of the DLG
) and international Wine-producing institutions
and as president at numerous congresses.