Argentinian exports of bottled, tetra pack and bag-in-box wines are recovering, with volumes rising 3% and values up 15% in the first four months of 2009, compared to the same period last year.

The figures, compiled by international trade analysts, Buenos Aires-based Market Research & Technology (MRT), are an improvement after exports dropped sharply in January and February this year.

The boost came mainly from increased sales volumes to Argentina's two most important markets, the US, up 36%, and Canada, up 52%.

Sales to other markets including the UK (up 15%), Switzerland (up 52%), Finland (up 32%) and Germany (up 35%) also boosted the figures.

By category, bottled wine sales volumes were up by 13.5%, with bag-in-box up 18%. Tetra pack sales volumes, however, dropped by 33%.

"The most exported variety was Malbec, with its share of export volumes by variety increasing to 28%," said Gaston Garcia, MRT's wine trade analyst.