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Morio Peter

The German agronomist and vine grower Peter Morio (1887-1960) studied agriculture at the Technical University in Munich. From 1921 to 1948 he was an assessor at the teaching and research institute Neustadt an der Weinstrasse (Palatinate). In 1926 he founded the branch for vine cultivation of the Bavarian State Institute for Viticulture, Fruit and Horticulture in Würzburg on the Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen-Pfalz and planted the first seedlings. In 1928, 8,000 vines were planted and the extensive vine breeding of the current institute was established. At the beginning of his work, his main focus was on clone selection (e.g. Riesling clone No. 90) and the breeding fungal resistant varieties between EU citizens, and American vines,

From 1937 he then focused his activities on the crossing between European varieties and among other things created the new varieties Bacchus. Domina. Forta. Morio Muscat. Noblessa and Optima, From 1928 to 1934 in Landau (Palatinate) he was also a wine expert for the Oberhaardt area (today the Southern Wine Road). The "Association of Supporters and Friends of the Geilweilerhof eV" awards the Peter Morio Prize for special services to vine breeding. It was first awarded in 1993 and has been awarded every two years since 1994.

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