The area of Chile planted with vines for wine production rose 1.4% in 2003, according to the latest survey by the country's agriculture and livestock commission.
Wine production accounts for around 63% of the total 172,000 planted hectares, while production of table grapes accounts for 30% and Chile's national spirit pisco accounts for 7%.
Chilean wine producers planted an additional 1,528 hectares in 2003, of which 470 were Cabernet Sauvignon, 240 were Carmenere, 121 were Syrah and 327 were Sauvignon Blanc.