France's national wine body has said that it has received applications to grub up more than 20,000 hectares of vines in the next year.

Winemakers across the country have requested to grub up a combined 22,600 hectares of vines in the 2008-2009 season, in exchange for compensation payments, Viniflhor has said.

Nearly two thirds of the vine areas put forward are in Languedoc Roussillon, it said.

The move is part of the EU wine reform, which aims to grub up around 175,000 vines across the EU zone in order to cut the risk of oversupply.