Chilean winery Cousiño Macul's sales in 2002 are on course to be 10% higher than in 2001, company president Arturo Cousiño has announced.

Cousiño said the increase was particularly pleasing given the generally sluggish growth recorded by the Chilean wine market this year.

Cousiño Macul is currently entering the seventh year of its 10-year investment plan. The plan seeks to position the company as an industry leader in time for the winery's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2006.

The winery hopes its new 260-hectare production centre in Paine will be fully functioning by 2006. Cousiño Macul will transfer the majority of its activities to Paine as its holdings in the Peñalolén area are scheduled for urban development.