The International Organisation of Vine and Wine has appointed a new president.

The intergovernmental organisation last week elected Australian wine industry delegate Peter Hayes as its new head.

Based in South Australia, Hayes is a member of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation and has previously worked for Rosemount Estate and Southcorp.

Hayes was elected to the position for a period of three years by the OIV's fourth general assembly, which was held in Logrono, Spain.