Cyprus cultivated 7781 hectares of vineyards in 2015, most for high quality wine

According to Eurostat, in Cyprus in 2015 there were 14 202 holdings cultivating 7781 hectares (ha) of vineyards, with an average area of 0.5 ha per holding.

Most of this area, to be exact 87.4%, was dedicated to high quality wine (or 6789 ha), of which 93.6% was under the protection of designation of origin (PDO) or protection of geographical indications (PGI).

Meanwhile in the European Union (EU) in 2015, there were 2.4 million holdings cultivating 3.2 million hectares (ha) of vineyards. The average area per holding was 1.3 ha, however with significant differences between Member States. 2.5 million hectares (78%) of vineyards were dedicated to the production of grapes for quality wine. Quality wine refers to both protected designation of origin (2.1 million ha, or 83% of total quality wine area in the EU) and protected geographical indication (0.4 million ha, or 17%).

With almost 1 million hectares of vineyards (941 000 ha, or 30% of EU total area), Spain was the Member State with the largest area devoted to grapes for wine in 2015, followed by France (803 000 ha, or 25%), Italy (610 000 ha in 2010, or 19%) and, at a distance, by Portugal (199 000 ha, or 6%), Romania (184 000 ha, or 6%), Greece and Germany (both around 103 000 ha, or 3% each). Castilla-la Mancha (434 000 ha) in Spain was in 2015 the region with the largest vineyard area, accounting for nearly 14% of the EU total vineyard area, ahead of Languedoc-Roussillon (239 000 ha, or 7%) and Aquitaine (144 000 ha, or 5%) in France.

The ranking is very different for the number of vineyard holdings, with Romania (855 000 holdings, or 36% of EU total) registering the most, ahead of Spain (518 000 holdings, or 22%), Italy (299 000 holdings in 2010, or 12%), Portugal (212 000 holdings or 9%) and Greece (189 000 holdings, or 8%).

All or almost all the vineyard area was dedicated to grapes for quality wine in Germany, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Slovenia. Among quality wine, grapes under protection of designation of origin (PDO) prevail over protection of geographical indications (PGI) in a vast majority of Member States except Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. Overall in the EU, more than 80% of the quality wine area is for PDO (82.9%) and less than a fifth for PGI (17.1%).

Source: Cyprus News Agency