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China’s Vineyards Overtake France’s as Europe Uproots Its Grapes

A vineyard in Cizhong in northern Yunnan, China.

A vineyard in Cizhong in northern Yunnan, China.

Photographer: Leisa Tyler/LightRocket via Getty Images

China now uses more land for growing grapes than France, the world’s largest wine exporter and home of the most expensive bottles from the Burgundy region.

Chinese vine planting increased by about 5 percent last year to an estimated 799,000 hectares (1.97 million acres), according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine, known by its French acronym OIV. France’s grape area slipped about 0.1 percent to 792,000 hectares.