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The German wine grower Dr. Heinz-Martin Eichelsbacher (1924-2003) studied agriculture at the TH Munich-Weihenstephan. In the year 1953 he became coworker in the department vine growing of the Bavarian state institute and in 1954 technical director of the State Hofkeller Würzburg, which he took over in 1969. In 1957 he received his doctorate on the topic "A genetic-breeding comparison of the vinifera varieties Silvaner, Riesling and Müller-Thurgau". Even then, he had doubts about the fatherhood of the Silvaner at Müller-Thurgau, and suspected that the variety comes from the Formkreis Riesling-Muskateller-Gutedel. His guess was then impressively confirmed about 40 years later. Eichelsbacher has influenced the development of the state vineyard Würzburg with 11 vineyards and 120 hectares of vineyards in francs to a commercially managed business operation and decisively shaped. He worked as a teacher in the vintner school in Veitshöchheim and passed on his extensive knowledge in many publications and specialist contributions. In 1987 he was appointed Chief Agricultural Director and Deputy Head of the Bavarian State Institute of Viticulture and Horticulture. His work "From royal court cellar to state vineyard" is one of the standard viticulture reading.

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