You are using an old browser that may not function as expected. <br><strong>For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.</strong>

Log in Become a Member

Grand Cru

The French term means "Großes Gewächs", usually refers to wine (but also to other foods such as beer, coffee and chocolate) and is closely related to the French philosophy of terroir. This means that regardless of the variations in quality that can occur between vintages, a particular soil type and the climate there (microclimate) are of consistent and determining quality. The Cru Classés are to be understood in addition to the Appellation d'Origine Protégée valid in France and identify the top qualities. However, the term has different meanings in different wine-growing regions. It can refer to a site, a commune or a château (vineyard) or to the wine produced there. In Bordeaux, the interests of the Grands Crus wineries are represented by the UGCB (Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux).

Voices of our members

Sigi Hiss

There is a vast number of sources on the web where one can acquire knowledge about wine. But none has the scope, timeliness and accuracy of the information in the encyclopaedia at wein.plus. I use it regularly and rely on it.

Sigi Hiss
freier Autor und Weinberater (Fine, Vinum u.a.), Bad Krozingen

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

26,079 Keywords · 46,829 Synonyms · 5,323 Translations · 31,413 Pronunciations · 186,885 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon