Australian Vintage Limited has announced the retirement of Christopher Harris as a director of the company.

Harris' resignation is effective from today (24 June).

Having been appointed deputy chairman of Simeon Wines in 1994, Harris continued his directorship through the merger of Simeon Wines & Brian McGuigan Wines in 2002.

Acting chairman, Ian Ferrier said: "Chris Harris has made a significant contribution to the company over many years and for this the board extends its gratitude and thanks."

Earlier this year, the wine company, which changed its name from McGuigan Simeon last year, posted a "disappointing" half-year loss, due to chronic oversupply exacerbated by a large 2008 vintage.