South Africa sold more wine than Spain in the UK between January and August this year, moving up into fifth slot behind Germany, according to Wines of South Africa.

Cape wines have grown from 6.8% for that period last year to 8.4% this year, moving ahead of Spain at 8.1%, said Su Birch, CEO of WOSA, quoting the most recent AC Neilson statistics.

The French still led the rankings followed by Australia, Italy and Germany.

It was hoped that these figures would be bolstered next year with the Cape Wine 2002 exhibition to be held in Paarl next April, where it was hoped some 500 specialist foreign wine and media from the UK, Europe, North America and the Far East would attend.