Wine Australia is due to merge with the Grape & Wine Research & Development Corporation next year

Wine Australia is due to merge with the Grape & Wine Research & Development Corporation next year

Trade body Wine Australia has announced that its chief executive is resigning to "pursue other opportunities". 

Andrew Cheesman, who has been in the role since 2009, will remain in the job until the end of September to oversee the transition period, the group said yesterday (14 May). A successor will be announced in "due course", Wine Australia said. 

“It has been a tremendous honour to lead the team at Wine Australia through a period of significant change," said Cheesman, who previously held roles with Lion Nathan Wine and Petaluma Wines. 

He added: "Wine Australia has a very hard-working and highly capable team to help industry maximise the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Wine Australia is due to merge with the Grape & Wine Research & Development Corporation next year to create a single statutory authority supporting the country's wine producers. Australia's minister of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, gave the green light to the proposed merger last December