Williamette Valley Vineyards saw earnings more than double during 2005 as sales rocketed after the release of last year's film "Sideways".

The Orgeon-based wine producer yesterday (9 March) posted full-year net profit of US$1.1m as revenues leapt 46% to US$13.7m.

The winery's flagship varietal, Pinot Noir, led sales with an increase of 98%, from 24,550 cases in 2004, to 49,677 in 2005, representing over a third of the company's sales.

Winery founder and president Jim Bernau attributed much of the record sales to a national interest in the variety Pinot Noir resulting from the movie "Sideways".

Out-of-state sales soared 78% as interest grew among US consumers of wines from the state of Oregon, the company added.