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Inexorable decline in vineyard acreage

(First appeared in La Journee Vinicole, edition 205, December 16, 2009)

Using EU grants, Spain uprooted 43,000 hectares of vineyards during the last financial year.

As the country’s most extensive wine region, Castilla La Mancha accounted for the lion’s share with nearly 32,000ha, followed by Valencia, Aragon, Murcia, Extremadura and Navarre.

Over the last 20 years, Spain’s vineyard acreage has been reduced by around one third, which translates to a loss of some 550,000ha.

Several waves of subsidised uprooting schemes have taken their toll on the world’s largest vineyard.

Spain’s current area under vine stands at just over one million hectares, a decline of 4.5% on last year.

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