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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Chilean wine exports surge

According to Wines of Chile, a promotional trade group, the value of wine exports has risen 37 percent so far in calendar 2007, to $688 million. In volume, exports rose to 361 million liters, a 41 percent increase.

Exports to the United States — primarily red blends — have risen 13 percent compared to the previous year. Chilean Sauvignon Blanc made tremendous advances in the U.S. market, with a volume increase of 63 percent.

By way of comparison, the Federation of Wine and Spirit Exporters France reported that the exports of French wines and Cognacs had risen 7.5 percent during the first half of 2007, to a total of $5.62 billion.
M. Zane Grey, 8:31 AM