A ‘scion’, in viticulture, is the piece of the fruiting vine that is grafted on to the quite separate rootstock. When grown, such a plant will have the leaves and desired fruit of one vine variety (Cabernet Sauvignon for example), but the roots of another variety, rootstock (110 Richter, for example).

Since rootstocks are the main protection to ward against diseases and pests that are carried by the soil, such Phylloxera and Nematodes, grafting is a highly common practice in the wine industry.

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