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China Overtakes France in Vineyards

on 26/05/15 at 3:03 pm


indexChina has become the second-largest vineyard area in the world after Spain, pushing France into third place.

The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (IOVW) said China now had 799,000 hectares (1.97 million acres) of land devoted to vineyards.

That compared with 1.02 million hectares in Spain.

Experts pointed out that not all of China’s vineyard area is devoting to making wine – some of it is used for growing table grapes and dried fruit.

China has rapidly emerged as a major player in viniculture, accounting for 11% of the territory given over to vineyards last year, up from 4% in 2000.

France remained the biggest producer of wine, producing 46.7 million hectolitres (Mhl).