Wine Word of the Week: Clone

By Kori ~ October 15th, 2009.

Wine Word of the WeekThis week’s Wine Word of the Week is clone.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Clone in a viticultural context is a single vine or a population of vines all derived by vegetative propagation from cuttings or buds from a single ‘mother vine’ by deliberate clonal selection.

Layman’s terms from Kori:
A clone is a vine that has been reproduced asexually by cutting off a twig and planting it elsewhere. The purpose of cloning vines is to reproduce vines with the distinctive traits of the mother vine, such as high productivity and/or disease resistance.

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