Wine exports from the Bordeaux region of France posted record growth in both volumes and value last year, according to recently-released figures.

The region's Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) trade body confirmed to just-drinks today (25 March) that 2.36m hectolitres were exported last year - the equivalent of 315m bottles -representing an increase of 9% on 2011. Value sales totalled EUR2.28bn (US$2.96bn) in 2012, up by 16%.

China remained the premier destination for Bordeaux wines in volume terms, with 538,000 hectolitres (+23%) shipping to the country. As recently as 2000, only 2,000 hectolitres of Bordeaux wines were exported to China.

Meanwhile, there was strong growth in shipments to Japan (+29%) and the US (+17%), the CIVB noted.

The UK became the leading destination by value, dislodging Hong Kong, generating sales of EUR420m (+42%). China occupied second place with EUR338m (+1%).

Earlier this year, 23 co-operatives in the Gironde départment of Bordeaux pooled their resources to create an umbrella group, Terre de Vignerons.