South African professor Christiaan Johannes Orffer (1926-2008) studied at the university Stellenbosch Chemistry and viticulture. In 1948 he began as a research assistant at the Western Province Research Station Stellenbosch in the Department of table grapes and then as an employee at Stellenbosch-Elsenburg College of Agriculture. In 1954 he was at the University of California enrolled for his doctorate. Orffer was now active in vine breeding and initiated a special one Finishing processes, He undertook study trips and visited Western European vineyards, wineries, research institutes and universities. From 1963 to 1986 he was Professor of Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch and founding member of the South African Society of Oenology & Viticulture (SASEV).
In 1965, an extensive study trip to Europe, California and Australia for the study of grape varieties and their suitability for South Africa. This resulted in a recommendation for the Chardonnay, Orffer was instrumental in the creation of South African climate suitable new varieties and documents active. These were the varieties Chenel. Grachen. Nouvelle. Roobernet. Therona Riesling and Weldra, as well as the rhizomes US 2-1, US 8-7, US 17, US 21, US 24, US 26 and US 41. It was followed by further study trips overseas with respect to virus caused vine diseases. Orffer was actively involved in the renaissance of the famous Constantia wine at the winery Little Constantia, As a culmination, he conducted research for the ecological Cultivation of vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and vines, as well as for the production of Biowein,