Wine production was said to have dated back to the seventh century BC by the Etruscan-Raetic people.  The vine was known as a wild plant and the wines from the vines were praised for their qualities. The winemaking was known as a hobby for the peasants that originally lived in the small Venetian villages, rather than as a livelihood.  However, once the Roman Empire came to the region, they completely changed the landscape and development of the vineyards, and the vineyards began to flourish through wine trading.