Presumably, the old high cultures of the Assyrian. Egyptian. Babylonian. Chinese. Persian. Phoenicians and other peoples with the deliberate breeding of plants and so too varieties on the basis of Wild vines, It has probably been known for a very long time that seeds could be obtained by seed-sowing. Presumably, the Persians and later the Arabs in the early Middle Ages already targeted large-berries table grapes bred, which spread throughout the Mediterranean to Spain (Negrul's Proles orientalis ). The modern breeding as conscious, manually induced crossing of two parents with targeted use of paternal pollen set in Christian Europe probably only with the beginning of botanical systematics, for the Carl von Linné (1707-1778) and Charles Darwin (1809-1882) laid the scientific foundations.