Domestic and export wine sales rose in February, according to figures released yesterday. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that domestic sales rose by 5.7% last month, while exports leapt in value by 20.5%, to A$189.4m.

Domestically, wine sales hit 35m litres, with white wine sales rising by 3.3% and red and rose sales increasing by 5.3%.

The quantity of exports rose for the month by 22.4%, with the UK accounting for A$74m worth of sales. The US bought A$59m worth of Australian wine, followed by Canada (A$15.6m) and Germany (A$7.1m).

For the financial year so far, exports have reached A$1.5 billion, and look set to break A$2.5 billion by June.

Total February figures rose by 5.9% year-on-year.