Spanish vine growers are set to receive nearly EUR130m (US$176.1m) in financial support from central funds, a slight rise on last year's contribution.

The sum, which was approved in discussions between central and regional governments this week, will be used to establish or replant vineyards, change grape varieties, or adapt production to meet the requirements of particular regional wine brands.

The contribution forms part of a restructuring and conversion programme, intended “to help producers take advantage of market demand for Spanish wines in general”, and some denominations in particular, said a government document.

The Castilla-La Mancha region is to receive the most, nearly EUR68m. Other major recipients are Extremadura (EUR13.8m), Catalonia (EUR9.2m), Valencia (EUR8m), La Rioja (EUR6.1m), Aragon (EUR5.7m) and Andalucia (EUR5.5m).

The Minister of Agriculture for Castilla-La Mancha, María Luisa Soriano, said the programme had so far transformed 35,000 hectares of land in the region and that it was leading to "more modern, efficient vineyards and varieties (of grapes) that responded to market demand".