Sometimes it is said that statistics is an effective way to hide the truth. But often it is very interesting and sometimes surprising. New statistics – very detailed – were recently published on the wine production in France in 2017.
In total, France has 745,044 hectares of vineyards.
Of this, 446,000 hectares are AOP vineyards (60% of the total surface).
194,600 hectares are IGP.
And 28,100 hectares are Vin de France.
If we exclude what is used to make Cognac and Armagnac, we have an area of 668,919 hectares of vineyards.
The AOP total is then brought down to 369,875 hectares.
The largest single wine denomination is the IGP Pays d’Oc rouge with 51,000 hectares, AOP Bordeaux rouge with 36,700 hectares and 34,000 hectares of Champagne.
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