Wine exports from Chile rose last year by almost a quarter in value terms, according to recent figures. Chile's association of vineyards said on Monday (31 January) that exports in 2004 were up by 24.6% in dollar terms and 18.5% in volume.

The average price per litre of local wine subsequently increased by 5.3% to US%1.79 from US$1.70 in 2003.

Wine exports this year are expected to reach US$900m, association president Anibal Ariztia said.

In 2004, wine sales hit US$835.34m compared to US$670.14m in 2003, with volumes hitting 467.52m litres against 394.38m litres in 2003.