Monaco-born French professor Pierre Galet (1921-2019) is considered the creator of the modern ampelography (Vine customer) and as an absolute top expert in this field. At the university in Montpellier For a long time he was head of the chair for viticulture. The well-known ampelographers Jean-Michel studied under him there Boursiquot (his successor regarding ampelography), Paul Truel, Lucie T. Morton (English translator of some of his works), Umberto Camargo (Brazil), Erika Maul formerly Dettweiler (Germany) and Anna Schneider (Italy).
Galet devoted his entire life to researching, determining and describing varieties on a scientific-botanical basis. The best-known works are the four-volume "Cépages et Vignobles de France", which was published for the first time in 1954 and has been continually supplemented. It contains colored pictures of American and French grape varieties. He also wrote the two-volume work "Maladies et Parasites de la Vigne" published in 1977 and 1982 and the fifth manual "Précise Viticulture", which was published in 1988 in its fifth edition. In 1967 he published his doctoral thesis "Research on les méthodes d'identification et de classification des Vitacces des zones tempérées". The "Dictionnaire encyclopédique des cépages" published in 2000 is considered a standard work with precise illustrations.
Galet has repeatedly visited all the 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 your phenotype assessed. He acquired the ability to recognize hundreds of grape varieties at first glance. His internationally recognized achievements earned him the title "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 a prize for his entire work in 1983. The estate of his scientific work is kept in the Center Pierre Galet of the Wine Museum in Montméliain.