Chile's leading wine exporters announced last week mixed results in the first three quarters of this year.

Overall, Vinas de Chile, the association representing the country's larger wineries, said that export volume of its member wineries grew 9.0%, while export sales grew just 1.0%.

The Vina Concha y Toro Winery held on to its position as the country's leading exporter, but the company's export sales dropped 4.3% during the first three quarters compared to the same period of 2000.

Concha y Toro saw its export volume drop just 0.6% during the period, but an environment of falling wine prices meant that the company only earned US$67m in sales.

Export sales of Chile's second largest exporter, Vina San Pedro, totalled US$52.7m, thus growing 17.3% compared to 2000. San Pedro, owned by Companias Cervecerias Unidas (CCU), sold 28.7m litres, which represented a 24.2% growth in volume.

The Vina Santa Carolina winery was hardest hit during the period. The company, which is Chile's sixth largest exporter, saw its export sales drop 14.3%.