The vineyard is one of the oldest plants cultivated by man. A great deal has been said and written about the beneficial properties and the value of the grapes, wine and raisins as food, as a remedy or as a body tonic.
The entire history of Crete, the Peloponnese and the wider Mediterranean region has been influenced by the vineyard culture. It is a matter of record that from all peoples in the world, the most skilled vine growers and winemakers are the Greeks and then the Romans. Areas such as mythology, painting, sculpture, poetry, customs and tradition, dietary habits, trade, medicine and even the Greek orthodox religion are all marked by the vine. Ancient Greek writers such as Herodotus, Plato and Aristotle often referred to raisins in their manuscripts, known then as “astafides” or “stafylides” or “raisins.”