Term used in viticulture with different meanings in different countries. The word comes from the French Cuve (vat or wine container). In the original sense it means a certain amount of wine in a container (a barrel of wine, so to speak). In German-speaking countries, it is usually understood to mean the artistic mixing of wines from different types of grape. However, this can also be grape musts, which are then fermented together, as is customary in the southern Rhône. Other designations are Blend (New World), Cape Blend (South Africa), CVC (Conjunto de Varias Cosechas in Spain), Coupage, Marriage, Mélange (France for spirits), Meritage (California) and, in the German-speaking world, Blending. Usually wines of the same colour are blended.