Chilean wine producers planted 1.5% more vineyard acreage in 2002, according to a new report by the country's national agricultural service.

This is equivalent to an extra 1,600 hectares, meaning that Chile had around 170,700 hectares planted with vines at the end of last year.

Some 76% of the vineyards are red wine varieties, while the remaining 24% are white. The biggest growth came in dark grapes: significant growth in plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Syrah were all reported in 2002.