The Geisenheim Grape Breeding Institute was founded in 1872 and is located in the town of Geisenheim, in Germany's Rheingau region. In 1876 Swiss-born professor Hermann Müller joined the institute, where he developed his namesake grape variety Muller-Thurgau, which became Germany's most-planted grape variety in the 1970. Geisenheim is the only German institution to award higher academic degrees in winemaking. Formally, undergraduate level viticulture and enology, ending with a bachelor's degree in engineering is awarded by the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, and the newly introduced master's degree is awarded by the Giessen University. Now it is under the Hochschule Geisenheim University. Hochschule Geisenheim University was founded on 1st January 2013 as a New Type Hochschule, following a concept appraisal by the German Council of Science and Humanities .|
The new university is a result of the merger between the Geisenheim Research Institute (Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim) and the Geisenheim faculty of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, and has its roots in theRoyal Prussian Institute of Pomology and Viticultur which was founded in 1872 by Eduard von Lade, a wealthy citizen of Geisenheim. In 1872, by the efforts of Heinrich Eduard von Lades, the Royal Institute for Fruit and Viticulture was founded at Geisenheim. Until 1971 teaching and research were combined in these areas. In 1971, research and training were separated institutionally and the training area was assigned with its courses at the newly founded Fachhochschule Wiesbaden The university offering both bachelor, and masters degree courses. There are around 13,000 students are studying in this university.
The total employment population in this university are about434 and off them 43are professors, In 2011, the State of Hesse adopted this suggestion from the Wissenschaftsrat for the new university of Geisenheim. A commission of the Science Council visited Geisenheim in June 2012 for two days and examined the infrastructure there as well as the areas of teaching and research. In December 2012, a report and an evaluation of the Hessian university project by the Wissenschaftsrat were held. In principle, Geisenheim was certified as a new university of applied sciences and, as a general rule, at the future university of Geisenheim.
The future University of Applied Sciences in Geisenheim was explicitly attested by a mixture of high-quality research carried out by the Geisenheim Research Institute and an adequate study program offered by the Department of Geisenheim at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. On May 14, 2013, the Geisenheim University was admitted as a 268th member college to the university rectors' conference. The university offering various bachelor degree programmes and, masters degree programme. `there are total of six research centers with 19 institutes and working groups. The management and coordination of the two key areas are the responsibility of a Vice President for Research and Teaching.