The German oenologist and winegrower Rudolf Goethe (1843-1911) attended the two gardening schools in Reutlingen and Obergobitz (near Dresden). From 1869 he was a breeder of table grapes and dwarf fruit. In 1874 he became the director of the fruit and horticultural school in Brumath near Grafenburg (Alsace) and in 1879 the director of the "Royal Prussian School of Fruit and Viticulture" opened in 1872 Geisenheim appointed.
He headed the institute until 1903. He built the professional one in Geisenheim finishing von Reben and founded the vine processing station in Geisenheim in 1890. Among other things, he produced outdoor finishing and built the first pruning gardens in Germany with rootstocks grown from seeds. Goethe operated Sämlingsüchtung and created new ones rootstocks, of which the "1 G" and especially the "26 G" still have meaning in viticulture today.
Rudolf Goethe was chairman of the Prussian Vine Processing Commission and the fruit and viticulture department of the DLG (German Agricultural Society) and promoted the expansion of the Geisenheim school. His extensive research results have been published, the publications "Atlas for the viticulture of Germany", "Austria's valuable table grapes", "Instructions for finishing the vines on American records ”,“ Handbook of Table Grape Culture ”and together with his brother Hermann Goethe Hermann (1837-1911) the "Atlas of the Most Valuable Grape Varieties for the Wine Growing of Germany and Austria". His son-in-law Dr. Julius Wortmann (1856-1925) was his successor as head of the Prussian Vine Processing Commission as well as the Geisenheim Institute.