The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) has released its sales figures for 2006.

The CIVB said yesterday (22 March) that sales had risen by 7% in value terms, while volumes rose 1%, indicating that less but better wine is being sold.

In 2006, Bordeaux wine produces sold EUR3.2bn (US$4.3bn) of wine. In volume terms, that equated to 5.6m hectolitres. Some 68% of sales were made in France was domestic and 32% on export markets.

Exports leapt 20%, the CIVB said, to EUR1.3bn. In volume terms, overseas sales inched up 1% to 241m bottles.

The UK remained the principal market by value, up 40%, accounting for EUR226m. Belgium remained Bordeaux's number one by volume, despite seeing sales falling 10%.