Chile’s Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) has just released its 2007 National Viticultural Registry, which reports the number of hectares planted to vine. The updated report shows a total of 117,559 hectares (290,500 acres) planted to Vitis vinifera, an increase of 766 hectares over the previous year.
Red varieties increased by 378 hectares to 88,703, but white varietals surpassed that number with 389 new hectares planted for a total of 28,856. Whites made a small advance in ratio of red to white varieties planted; Chile now has 75% red varieties and 25% whites (a shift from the previous 76%-24% respectively).
Major red varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot saw a decrease in hectares this year, dropping by 23 and 85 hectares respectively. The largest gains were seen in Carménère (up 143 ha), Syrah (+143 ha) Chardonnay (+185 ha) and Sauvignon Blanc (+165). Pinot Noir also increased its relatively small percentage of plantations from 1382 to 1413 (+31).
Download the full registry here: SAG REGISTRY 2007