AUSTRALIA: Planting boom continues to slow
The boom in Australian vineyard plantings appears to be over.
With the 2005 vintage in full swing, the Wine and Brandy Corporation reported a continued downward trend in new plantings and upward trend in vine removals, including grafting.
Lawrie Stanford, the Corporation's information and analysis manager said 2004 plantings were 7% down on 2003, the third consecutive year of decline, while removals were 17% higher, the second year they had increased.
The current vintage is expected to be about 1.82 million tonnes.
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