New Zealand's wine makers are planning to double the volume of their exports to the UK within four years. Latest figures from the country's Wine Institute show plans to increase sales to this country to 21.1m litres by 2006, worth £70m, representing an increase of 113%. A spokeswoman for the institute said: "There is a growing demand for New Zealand wines in this country and this will be fuelled by increased marketing activity from the leading winemakers such as Montana, Villa Maria and Nobilo. "We believe there will be additional interest generated by the introduction of new varietals from New Zealand such as Pinot Noir, Riesling and Gewurztraminer." Last year the UK imported 9.9m litres of wine worth £27.8m from New Zealand, which was an increase of 9.5% in value on 2000. {{DRINKS }}

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