In North America, native grapes belonging to various species of the Vitis genus proliferate in the wild across the continent, and were a part of the diet of many Native Americans, but were considered by European colonists to be unsuitable for wine.
Vitis vinifera cultivars were imported for that purpose.
Thus it has been proposed that Syrah red wine is named after Shiraz, a city in Persia where the grape was used to make Shirazi wine.
The growing of grapes would later spread to other regions in Europe, as well as North Africa, and eventually in North America.
Grapes are a non-climacteric type of fruit, generally occurring in clusters.