Chilean wine exports to the UK were up 25.2% in volume over the first quarter of the year, and, more impressively, up 30.6% in value.

Volumes reached 1,180,073 cases compared to 942,877 cases last year. In value terms Chile exported US$25,476,556 worth of wine at an average price of US$21.6 per case, compared to US$19,509,832 in the first quarter 2003, which had an average price per case of US$20.7.

Michael Cox, UK director of Wines of Chile said: "This is a very encouraging start to what is proving to be an exciting year for Chile in the UK.  There is a growing confidence in the market and in Chile's ability to produce premium wines that sell at sensible prices."  He added: "Sales of Chilean wine that retail between £5 and £10 have doubled over the last 18 months, and the trend is continuing."