The German oenologist and winegrower Rudolf Goethe (1843-1911) visited the two horticultural schools Reutlingen and Obergobitz (near Dresden). From the year 1869 he was a breeder of table grapes and dwarf fruit. In 1874 he was appointed director of the Brumath School of Fruit and Horticulture near Grafenburg (Alsace) and in 1879 director of the "Royal Prussian Institute for Fruit and Viticulture" opened in 1872 Geisenheim appointed.
He led the institute until the year 1903. In Geisenheim he built the professional finishing from vines and founded in 1890 the vine refining station Geisenheim. Among other things, he produced outdoor finishes and built the first pruning gardens in Germany with seeded documents. Goethe operation Sämlingsüchtung and created new ones rootstocks of which the "1 G" and especially the "26 G" are still important in viticulture today.
Rudolf Goethe was chairman of the Prussian Rebenveredlungs commission and the fruit and viticulture department of the DLG (German Agricultural Society) and promoted the expansion of the Geisenheim educational institution. His extensive research results have been published, notably the publications "Atlas for the Viticulture of Germany", "Austria's valuable table grapes", "Instructions for finishing the vines on American documents "," Handbook of the table grape culture "as well as together with his brother Hermann Goethe Hermann (1837-1911) the "Atlas of the Most Valuable Grapes for the Viticulture of Germany and Austria". His son-in-law, dr. Julius Wortmann (1856-1925) was both his successor as head of the Prussian Rebenveredlungs commission, as well as the Institute Geisenheim.