A big jump in US sales pushed New Zealand wine exports to a record high last year, new figures have shown.

Total exports were NZD1.54bn (US$993m) for 2015, up 14% on 2014, according to New Zealand Winegrowers. US sales accounted for about one-third of the total, NZD430m, and were up 26% on the previous year.

Canada was up 18% to NZD100m, and the UK climbed 12% to NZD380m.

Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers, said a lower New Zealand dollar helped boost returns but that underlying the growth was "the very positive reputation of New Zealand wine amongst consumers and the wine trade globally".

New Zealand wine exports passed NZD1bn in 2010 and the industry has a goal of NZD2bn in annual wine exports in 2020.

In November, New Zealand Winegrowers said its wine is driving premium growth in the UK