The term (from Latin crescentia = growth) can have several meanings. In agriculture and viticulture, it used to be used as a synonym for grape variety, yield or for indicating the origin of wines. Above all, however, it used to be a wine-legal designation for a naturally pure wine. During production, the grape must was not allowed to be enriched with sugar (for the purpose of increasing alcohol). In Germany (since the 1971 amendment to the wine law) and Austria, however, the name is no longer officially permitted in wine law terms. Kreszenz, however, is still used colloquially for high-quality top wines of noble origin. In terms of meaning, Kreszenz is related to the French Cru (Gewächs) or Grand Cru. See also 1811s (exceptional vintage), auctions, garage wine, vintage, century wine, comet wine, cult wine, favourite wines and most expensive wines of the world.
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