More than 300 Bordeaux vineyards are to switch to growing olives and walnuts and thousands of hectares of vines will be uprooted in an attempt to rescue the claret industry.
The measures announced by the French government and local authorities are aimed at softening the impact of a drop in demand for the lower-end appellation wines, which are overshadowed by the output of illustrious châteaux.
Bordeaux winegrowers will receive financial support to grub up 9,500 ha of vines – about 10% of the total area. The plans would result in aid amounting to €6,000 per ha.
Dominik Kozlik e.U.
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