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Ribéreau-Gayon Pascal

The French scientist and university professor Pascal Ribéreau-Gayon (1930-2011) came from a family of oenologists, His grandfather Ulysse Ribéreau-Gayon worked as an assistant to Louis in the 1880s Pasteur (1822-1895), his father Jean Ribéreau-Gayon applies next to Émile Peynaud (1912-2004) as the founder of modern oenology at the university in Bordeaux. Pascal Ribéreau-Gayon conducted pioneering research on the anthocyanins respectively. phenols generally in grapes, various cellar techniques with especially the processes of alcoholic and malolactic fermentation as well as the qualitative difference between hybrids and Vitis vinifera vines, which in total contributed to the quality improvement of the wines worldwide. He also developed a very simple method for analyzing the malic acid in wine.

In addition to his teaching position at the Faculty of oenology in Bordeaux he was also extensively active as the author of numerous books and treatises on oenology. His best known works include "L'oenologie à Bordeaux - de Louis Pasteur à nos jours" and the two-volume "Handbook of Enology" with other authors. He held numerous functions, including being a member of the Institute for Designations of Origin, President of the Commission for Enology in the OIV and member of the Academy of Agriculture. In addition, he was also as consultant active, among other things for the wineries Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Domaine de Chevalier, He received numerous honors for his services, among other things he was appointed officer in the Legion d'Honneur (Legion of Honor) in 1995. His students included his successor as head of the Faculty of Enology Denis Dubourdieu (* 1949) and the famous Flying Winemaker Michel Rolland (* 1947).

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