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Crouchen is a white grape variety that is grown in various wine regions around the world. It is also known as Cape Riesling in South Africa, although it is not related to the true Riesling grape.

History[edit | edit source]

The origins of Crouchen are not entirely clear, but it is believed to have originated in the Pyrenees region of France. It was widely grown in the South West and Bordeaux regions of France until the late 19th century, when the Phylloxera epidemic wiped out many of the vineyards.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Crouchen produces wines that are light-bodied and high in acidity, with flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. The wines are typically dry, but can also be made in a sweet style.

Cultivation[edit | edit source]

Today, Crouchen is rarely found in France, but it is still grown in other parts of the world. In South Africa, it is used to produce a variety of wines, including dry whites, sweet dessert wines, and sparkling wines. It is also grown in Australia, particularly in the Riverland region, where it is used to make both varietal wines and blends.

Food Pairing[edit | edit source]

Crouchen wines pair well with a variety of foods, including seafood, poultry, and light pasta dishes. They also complement spicy foods, making them a good choice for pairing with dishes from cuisines such as Thai or Indian.

See Also[edit | edit source]


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