Californian winemaker Hahn Estates/Smith & Hook Wineries has announced the appointment of William Leigon as president of the company.

Legion was the founder of Wimbledon Wine Company, where he purchased and re-launched his own brand Huntington Wine Cellars.

Previously he was vice president of sales and marketing of the associated Vintage Group, and Legion has over 28 year of experience in the industry. He is also a former co-founder of the Wine Trust and Ariel Vineyards.

Legion said: " I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Nicky Hahn [chairman of Hahn Estates]. We not only have known each other for many yeas, but Nicky owns some of the finest vineyards in all of Monterey County. He is also the originator of the Santa Lucia Highlands - Monterey's premier appellation. I look forward to producing wines reflecting the vineyards' outstanding potential and that will compete with any wines made in the world."