We grapes have been around forever, since at least 6000 B.C.! The first home I remember was in Egypt, in 4000 BC. King Hammurabi used us grapes for wine.
The first time us grapes came to the United States was in California when the boom hit in 1839. A former trapper from Kentucky, William Wolfskil .helped me make my first home as a table grape in the Mexican colonial pueblo now known as Los Angeles.
People were happy because in my old world they only used me for wine now they use me for, wine, dried fruits, raisins and fresh table grapes.
A Scottish immigrant turned California vineyard owner, William Thompson, imported a variety of us grapes from areas of modern Iran or Turkey. Working with local rootstock, in 1876 he was able to create thin-skinned, sweet, seedless grapes.
Us grapes continue to have an important symbolic meaning for Christians when they take Holy Communion.