Visitor figures for the Vinexpo wine show held in Bordeaux this week are down by around 5%, according to initial estimates.

just-drinks understands that organisers have estimated a final figure of around 46-47,000 visitors for the bi-annual show, compared to 50,000 in 2007.

However, some organisers had expected a worse result. "On Sunday, we weren't sure how it was going to go," said one.

Few Australians and New Zealanders turned out for this week's show, although other New World wine heavyweights, South Africa, Chile and Argentina, were present.

A record number of new entrants were on the exhibitor list, including rum from Madagascar and wine from Egypt.