Botanist's Glossary

Grape Vine - Vitis vinifera

  • Description
    • The grape vine (Vitaceae family) is a hardy vine, equipped with tendrils, that can grow up to 30 meters in the wild. The leaves are as wide as they are long and divided into 3 to 5 lobes, while the base of the leaf is heart-shaped. The grape vine grows wild in Europe and Western Asia, but is now cultivated in all continents. There are some 5,000 varieties of grape, most of which are wine grapes. The red grape vine is derived from varieties that are rich in anthocyans - molecules that give the grape its red color and protect capillaries.
  • Traditions
    • The history of the grape vine and wine merges with the history of Mediterranean civilizations. Before agriculture existed, human beings were already eating wild grapes. The domestic vine appeared in the Middle East over 10,000 years ago, during the Iron Age in France. Vine leaves have astringent properties and were prescribed to stop hemorrhages and to treat dysentery. From the 18th century, in Germanic countries in particular, the "grape cure", with its balancing and diuretic action, was recommended as a treatment for gout and kidney stones.
  • Properties
    • L’OCCITANE has selected an organic grape juice rich in revitalizing vitamins, calcium and potassium. It is combined with red vine leaf extract, rich in draining polyphenols, as well as with nourishing grape seed oil and exfoliating grape seed powder. Red vine leaf extracts, rich in anthocyanes (vitamin P), have anti-free radical benefits, and anti-elastase actions in products that promote drainage and revitalize the body.