The German graduate biologist Andreas Jung (* 1961) studied biology and ethnology at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg (Baden-Württemberg) with a focus on plant systematics, geobotany, plant physiology, limnology and ethnoecology. He completed his diploma thesis at the Wine Institute Freiburg about the vegetable food supply for predatory mites in viticulture. From 1998 to 2005, Jung was a research assistant at the Federal Institute for Breeding Research, Institute for Vine Breeding Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen in the Department of Genetic Resource Genebank Vine. His main focus was on the description, identification and characterization of older ones varieties, Redefining the OIV Features, Standardization of microsatellite analysis (see molecular Genetics ) in the genetic characterization of grape varieties, variety identification in old vineyards on the Badische Bergstrasse, as well as variety evaluation. He has practical experience in the field of grape varieties and viticulture.
In 2006 Andreas Jung founded the "Office for Grape Variety and Clone Breeding Andreas Jung" and is as Ampelograph, such as cloning breeders and conservation breeders. The focus is on variety registration, variety identification and clone selection in old vines, conservation breeding and evaluation of old grape varieties, as well as research on the history, origin and spread of old grape varieties. On behalf of the BMELV (Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection), the vine genetic resources in Germany were recorded at around 1,000 locations from 2007. From 2006 to 2018, a comprehensive variety identification was carried out in the cantonal recording of the vine genetic resources in the Swiss cantons in cooperation with Markus Hardegger, Vitis working group at the SKEK (Swiss Commission for the Conservation of Crop Plants).
Other activities have been a search and collection project in 2007 Brandenburg and Poland with the aim of maintaining climate-adapted Brandenburg-Silesian clones. So far, around 400 Central European grape varieties have been registered and identified in the German-speaking and Austro-Hungarian regions, including around 120 extinct varieties, such as the one previously lost feeder, as well as the preservation of 350 historical grape varieties in over 1,500 clones in our own variety and clone conservation systems. Jung completed study visits to France, Ticino, South Tyrol, Piedmont, Lower Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Crimea and Georgia. In 2011 Andreas Jung received the Oberdieck Prize from the Pomologists Association and the city of Naumburg and in 2016 the Golden Cork of the Munich Wine Lodge. The current focus of activities is on the reintroduction of old varieties into the wine market with the support of nursery U. Martin GmbH and its website Historical Grape Varieties .