A term used in viticulture with different meanings in different countries. The word comes from the French cuve (vat or wine container). In its original sense, it refers to 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 artful blending of wines from different grape varieties. However, this can also be grape musts that are then fermented together, as is common in the southern Rhône. Other terms 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 German-speaking countries Verschnitt. As a rule, wines of the same colour are blended.
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