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French expect 2010 vintage to match 2009

Published:  14 July, 2010

France expects to produce 47.3 million hectolitres of wine in the 2010 vintage, broadly on a par with the 2009 figure.

The Ministry of Agriculture forecasts that almost half the wines from this year's harvest - 23 million hl - will be classified as having Protected Designation of Origin.

A further 13 million hl will have Protected Geographical Indication status, with other wines and juices accounting for 3.6 million hl.

Just under 8 million hl of French wines produced this year are destined for distillation into brandy, according to official predictions.