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.