Vine plants of genus Vitus, usually grown for grapes.
The term grape-vine is usually used to refer to the 60 or so species of vine plants of genus Vitus. They are typically grown for their fruit (grapes) which are consumed or fermented to create wine. The study and cultivation of grapevines is known as viticulture.
Wild Vitus usually grows in temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, although a few examples can be found in some tropical areas. Grapes have been cultivated since ancient times, and in the past century, cultivation has covered a much wider area - most notably the Southern Hemisphere.
Most commercial grapes are cultivars of Vitus vinifera.
Use this tag for all questions about grape vines and Vitus plants. Use the vines tag for questions about other vine plants.