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Italian term for a blend of wines; see under Cuvée.

A term used differently in viticulture, with different meanings in the individual 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) and Meritage (California)

As a rule, wines of the same colour are blended. However, the term has no meaning in terms of wine law, which is why "cuvée" on the label does not mean anything unequivocal, as it may well be a wine from one grape variety, from a single vineyard or from one vintage. For example, an exclusive special bottling of a wine estate for a gastronomy business. In no case (as is not so rarely assumed in German-speaking countries) is the blending of wines a negative quality difference compared to single-variety wines.

Purpose of the blend

The blending of wines has mainly taste reasons. One wants to introduce alcohol content, aromas, acidity and colour through several different grape varieties. The latter is achieved by means of Teinturier varieties, of which only 5% are sufficient for colour enhancement. Usually a certain grape variety,...

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