Maximilian Freund studied viticulture and oenology in Geisenheim at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden and the University of Giessen. He obtained a PhD from the University of Gießen in co-operation with the Research Center Geisenheim, Institute of Enology in 2000. The subject of the thesis was food safety in the wine-industry.
Since 1994 he is employed at the Institute of Enology at Geisenheim University. So he supervised among others the joint project "Introduction of quality management according to ISO 9000 in the wine industry", EU-project "Amethyst - energy and water saving in wineries" and the project "GrapeSort" for the development of an optical grape sorting machine. In addition to current oenological issues, food safety and environmental management and their implementation in the wine industry are part of his research and teaching activities. Since 2011 he is the German representative at the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) in the ad hoc group "Sustainable Development and Climate Change".