The South African professor Christiaan Johannes Orffer (1926-2008) studied at the university Stellenbosch Chemistry and viticulture. In 1948, he started as a research assistant at the Western Province Research Station Stellenbosch in the Department of table grapes and then as an employee at the Stellenbosch-Elsenburg University 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 went on 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 for Oenology & Viticulture (SASEV).
In 1965 there was an extensive study trip to Europe, California and Australia to study the grape varieties and their suitability for South Africa. This resulted in a recommendation for the Chardonnay, Orffer was instrumental in creating suitable ones for the South African climate new varieties and documents active. These were the varieties Chenel. Grachen. Nouvelle. Roobernet. Therona Riesling and Weldra, as well as the rootstocks US 2-1, US 8-7, US 17, US 21, US 24, US 26 and US 41. Further overseas study trips regarding virus caused vine diseases. Orffer advised on the renaissance of the famous Constantia wine at the winery Little Constantia, To top it off, he conducted research for the ecological Cultivation of vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and vines, as well as for the production of Biowein,