Born in Monaco, French professor Pierre Galet (* 1921) is considered the creator of the modern day ampelography (Rebenkunde) and as an absolute top expert in this field. At the University in Montpellier For a long time he was head of the Department of Viticulture. Amongst others, the well-known ampelographers Jean-Michel studied there Boursiquot (his successor regarding ampelography), Paul Truel, Lucie T. Morton (English translator of a part of his works), Umberto Camargo (Brazil), Erika Maul formerly Dettweiler (Germany) and Anna Schneider (Italy).
Galet devoted his entire life to the exploration, definition and description of varieties on a scientific-botanical basis. The best-known works are the four-volume "Cépages et Vignobles de France", published for the first time in 1954 and repeatedly supplemented with colored pictures of American and French grape varieties. He also wrote the two-volume published in 1977 and 1982 work "Maladies et parasites de la Vigne" and published in 1988 in the fifth edition of the determination manual "Précise Viticulture". In 1967 he published his doctoral thesis "Recherches sur les méthodes d'identification et de classification des Vitacces des zones tempérées". The "Dictionnaire encyclopédique des cépages", published in 2000, is regarded as a standard work with precise illustrations.
Galet traveled again and again all wine regions in the world and visited, among others Afghanistan. Nepal, North Africa, North America, South America. South Korea. Thailand and Cyprus where he especially Wild vines and hybrids based on her phenotype assessed. He appropriated the ability to recognize hundreds of grape varieties at first sight. His worldwide acclaimed achievements earned him the designation "Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole" and numerous other honors. From the international vine institute OIV (Organization Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) he received in 1983 a prize for his complete works.