Chilean wine exports rose in value but fell in volume in the first five months of this year, according to recent figures. Trade association Wines of Chile said this week that, while total exports for the period from January to May increased by 16.8% in value, in volume terms figures actually fell by 4.8%.

Exports in value terms rose for the period to US$336.1m from US$287.6m in the corresponding period a year earlier. Volume-wise, however, exports dipped to 164.4m litres from 172.6m litres.

Speaking to just-drinks, Wines of Chile UK director Michael Cox pointed out that China was responsible for almost all of the decrease. "Exports to our most important markets (the UK and the US) continue to rise in both value and volume terms, however," Cox told just-drinks.

Exports to the UK in the five months rose in value by 8% and in volume by 7.6%. Shipments to the US followed suit, increasing by 13% in value and by 10% in volume. Exports to China dropped by 73% in volume in the period, and by 50% in value.