Vergnette de Lamotte, Alfred de

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Vergnette de Lamotte, Alfred de Gender: M
Gérard Elisabeth Alfred de Vergnette de Lamotte
born on 5 July 1806 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )
Place Beaune, France, 47n02, 4e50
Timezone LMT m4e50 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 12°33' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 01°09 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 06°01'


French engineer, politician (Mayor of Beaune), and viticulturist best known for his work on wine: taking over the discovery of Nicolas Appert, he proposed the heating of wine to avoid a loss of quality.

Louis Pasteur met him and became acquainted with his work, however, he minimized the contribution of Vergnette de Lamotte's research and experience. Thus, when he published his work on the means of preserving wine, Pasteur attributed himself first of all to the precedence of the discovery of the heating of wine, and then rendered justice to Nicolas Appert.

In 1866, Vergnette published his famous book Le Vin ("Wine"), which was such a great success that the following year he published a second edition of the book.

He also published books devoted to geology, topography and climatology in the region of Beaune, and the application of meteorological observations to the study of viticulture.

Alfred de Vergnette de Lamotte died on 28 May 1886, aged 79.

Link to Wikipedia biography (French)


Source Notes

Archives Gauquelin: Scientists & Medical Doctors (Hommes De Science) A, vol. 2, #2919 [1].


  • Vocation : Engineer : Civil
  • Vocation : Food and Beverage : Other Food and Beverage (Viticulturist)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Mayor of Beaune, 1851)