Australian wine group, Southcorp, has announced the appointment of Peter Gago as Penfolds chief winemaker. Gago will have responsibility for the production of the entire Penfolds range of wines.

Gago has worked for Penfolds since 1989. He replaces John Duval who had been chief winemaker since 1986 and is leaving the company to pursue his own winemaking activities. Duval will, however, remain a consultant to Southcorp.