The word sauvignon comes from the French words sauvage and vigne, meaning wild vine. What does wild refer to?

A. The fact that the variety predates the domestication of grape vines.

B. The fact that the variety belongs to the species Vitis sauvagea.

C. The wild and riotous way the vines grow.

D. The fact that wild animals love to eat grapes from this variety.


Sauvignon is a fitting name for a vine that, if left to its own devices, would grow with riotous abandon. Sauvignon blanc is a high vigor variety which can grow with almost jungle-like speed.

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