Chilean wine and spirits exports have posted a strong increase in 2006, according to recent figures.

The national agricultural policy and research office ODEPA said yesterday (15 January) that the country's exports were up last year by 9.7% on 2005, coming in at a total of US$976.6m.

As a breakdown, exports of wine with denomination of origin were up by 6.7% in volume terms to 258,750 tonnes and by $772m in value. Wine exported in two-litre bottles reached 47,958 tonnes, and a value of $67m. Sparkling wine exports, meanwhile, hit 1,556 tonnes and $4.6m, the office said, with Pisco exports finishing at 365 tonnes and $1.3m.

In geographical terms, ODEPA said that the UK was the country's largest importer, accounting for 16.7% of total wine and spirit exports. The US followed close behind, with 15.4%, while Canada held third spot with 5.8%.