The genus Vitis encompasses the all the different grapes grown throughout the world. In Europe the species Vitis Vinifera was developed over millenia to take on the characteristics desired for winemaking and eating. In the North America there are several species which have been experimented with for a few centuries and sometimes hybridized with their cousin from across the Atlantic.

European (Vitis Vinifera)
European-American Hybrids

Of course, other fruits are fermented as well, but without grapes is it really wine?

This page last modified: 25 January 2009 by the TheWineRater.