The French politician and winemaker Victor Vermorel (1848-1927) was president of the "Comice Agricole et viticole du Beaujolais", long-time Rhône senator and director of the winery "Station viticole de Villefranche". His company produced agricultural machinery and conducted research in the automotive and aerospace industries. He was also successful in researching and fighting various vine pests and vine diseases such as mildew, In his company, a portable device with a hand pump was developed, with which the Bordeaux mixture sprayed thin.
From 1901 to 1910, in collaboration with the scientist Professor Pierre Viala (1859-1936) after ten years of studies and meticulous research with a team of seventy, published the work "Ampélographie - Traité général de viticulture" in seven volumes. It was at this time the ampelographic Standard work and contained 24,000 varieties with their synonyms, 570 mostly colored lithographic plates and numerous illustrations (four of these plates or grape variety pictures are shown below).
By the way, many reproductions of the grape variety pictures were published in the grape variety bible published in 2012 “ Wine grapes "(Jancis Robinson, José Vouillamoz, Julia Harding ) used. According to current knowledge, it is doubtful whether the 24,000 grape varieties described are actually all independent, but this should not detract from the great performance. The plant was reissued in 1991. Vermorel was the author of other publications on vine growing, pest and disease control and winemaking,
Portrait of Vermorel: Par Inconnu - Senate , Domaine public, Link
Grand Noir de la Calmette : Par Viala et Vermorel - Agefotostock , Domaine public, Link
Tressalier ( Sacy ): Par Viala et Vermorel - Ampélographie, Domaine public, Link
Alphonse Lavallée : Par Viala et Vermorel - Ampélographie, Domaine public, Link
Dattier de Beyrouth ( Afus Ali ): Par Viala et Vermorel - Ampélographie, Domaine public, Link