Pisco Bauza, which produces Chile's national spirit pisco, has decided to invest in wine production.

The company will produce a variety of premium wines at its facilities in the Maipo valley, with its first output expected to be available in late 2005. The company has previously supplied grapes to other wineries, such as Valdivieso.

Bauza will market its production to the export market and has already begun discussions with import companies in the UK and western Europe. The company realised that international demand for pisco is limited and wine production is the only way for Bauza to access lucrative foreign markets.