Bordeaux wine growers have so far received EUR12m (US$15.9m) in compensation for the voluntary removal of vines, the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) has announced.

Around half the money came from the CIVB with the rest of the compensation coming from the European Union.
The CIVB is set to confirm that a further 1,178 hectares of vines were pulled up last year, bringing the possible total to 2,778 hectares, a far cry from the 10,000 hectares intended. The programme, which started in 2005, will run for a further 12 months.

"It is less than we aimed for, but what are seeing now is that instead of pulling up, growers are selling smaller businesses to larger ones," said Roland Feredj director of the CIVB.

The CIVB has also paid out EUR7.8m to compensate growers who distilled unwanted wine into industrial alcohol.