The winegrower Prof. Ing. Vilém Kraus (1924-2013) is considered the most important Czech winegrowing expert of the 20th century (his son of the same name was a winemaker and died in 2004). He studied agricultural and forestry technology and agriculture in Prague. Much of his life he worked at the Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry and was involved in research and new breed of varieties and documents, The varieties are either by himself or his team Arolanka. Cerason. Erilon. Fratava. GM 6493 and GM 6494, K1 (underlay), Kofranka. Laurot. Malverina. Marlen. Nativa. Neronet. Rinot. rondo (Base sites), Rubinet. Savilon. Serena and Sibera emerged. He developed the in the 1980s training systemVertiko,
From 1959 he worked as a teacher at the Wine Institute and from 1964 to 1991 as head of the Faculty of Horticulture at the Mendel University in Lednice. Kraus was also the chairman and scientific secretary of Moravín, the Association of Moravian Winegrowers. He often acted as interpreter for lectures, visits and trips abroad on the subject of viticulture because he knew the French, German and Russian languages. He was also active in the training area, including for sommeliers, In 1990 he finally became a professor of viticulture and oenology appointed.
Kraus also worked extensively as a publicist. He wrote over 50 scientific papers on the subject physiology the vine, education & pruning and history of Bohemian and Moravian viticulture, almost 200 articles in Czech, German and Austrian wine magazines and around 15 books as author and co-author. After his retirement, he continued to work on viticulture and worked, among other things, on the design of the Czech wine law With. Kraus has received numerous national and international honors and awards, including from the Czech Republic for his scientific achievements and by the OIV (Organization Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) for his life's work.