Wine exports from the Bordeaux region registered a marked fall in the year to the end of June, according to recent figures.

The Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) said earlier this week that exports of Bordeaux wines were down by 16% year-on-year for the 12-month period, at 1.6m hl.

Exports to EU countries were particularly hit, with shipments to the UK falling by 25%. Volumes bound for the US also fell, by 23%.

It was a far more positive picture to Asia, however, with exports to China and Hong Kong rising by 62% and 16% respectively.

Bernard Farges, the president of the Syndicat Viticole des Bordeaux et Bordeaux Supérieur, one of the CIVB's member bodies said: "We sold less due to the (economic) crisis and the harvest was smaller than in previous years."

However, last year's diminutive crops had led to a reduction stocks despite the slowdown in exports, he explained, adding that he hoped the 2009 harvest would be "bigger and better".

The Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur appellation 2008 harvest totalled 2.5m hl, but this year could reach 3.2m hl, Farges estimated.