The uprooting of vines in France will be considered by the French wine industry office this week, according to press reports. Les Echos said yesterday (15 June) that Onvins will look at requests from grape growers in various areas of the country to dig up some of their vines in response to falling sales.

Producers in Languedoc-Rousillon are hoping to lose a further 6,000 hectares of vines, the paper said. The Bordeaux wine organisation CIVB is also to submit a request to the office.

Uprootings in Languedoc-Roussillon have improved the image of the region's wines, the paper added, and have encouraged attempts to produce wines made from a single grape variety.