Chilean wine exports for the first nine months of this year have risen sharply in value terms, according to recent figures. Wines of Chile said on Wednesday (2 November) that shipments abroad from January to September were up by 9.8% year-on-year, totalling US$648.8m.

In volume terms, however, exports fell against the corresponding period a year earlier by 7.1% to 314.15m litres.

In the month of September, Wines of Chile said, exports were up by 6.3% against September 2004, reaching US$84.38m.

Europe accounted for 53% of bottled wine exports, with the US and Canada taking 26%. Latin America and the Caribbean region took 13% of exports, with Asia and Oceania accounting for the remaining 8%, the promotional body said.