Barry Dick, one of Sainsbury’s two in-house winemakers, will be leaving next month to work for Australian Vintage.
Dick has worked in the Sainsbury’s wine team for more than five years while working towards his MW.
The supermarket said he had contributed to improving its own brand product quality, including winning a gold medal for Taste the Difference Barossa Shiraz in this year’s International Wine Challenge, and introducing many new wines to the range.
Justin James, category manager for beers, wines and spirits, said: “It is always a sad to lose someone in the team, but things change.
“Barry has been a valued member of the team for a number of years and we wish him well in his new role. We will be recruiting a replacement and make an announcement in due course.”
Dick will leave Sainsbury’s on October 13.