Wine Standards Management Plan

If you intend to make any wine for trade or retail sale, then under the Wine Act 2003, you must register a Wine Standards Management Plan (WSMP) with MPI before you start to make any wine.  Once registered, your WSMP compliance must be annually audited (“verified”). There is no longer any requirement for a winemaking “licence”.

You are a “winemaker” if you perform any of these functions from receipt of the grapes through to the dispatch of packaged and labelled wine:

  • crushing or pressing the grapes
  • fermenting grapes into wine
  • making additions to juice or wine
  • storing, blending or mixing wine
  • bottling or otherwise packaging wine.

Some winemakers are exempt from registering a WSMP – in particular, winemakers who both:

  • intend to make less than 20,000 litres of wine over a two-year period and
  • intend not to export any of their wine.

This also requires an application to be made to MPI. You can find out more about this “very small winemaker” exemption here, along with the exemption for those who only affix labels. 

A WSMP demonstrates how you meet requirements under the Wine Act 2003 . It is made up of several components:

To register your WSMP,  please visit the MPI website here.

  • 24 Aug 2023

    NZW Code Of Practice 2023 Version 3

    This Code of Practice forms part of the Wine Standards Management Plan and is designed to help you to meet your obligations under the Wine Act 2003. It has been developed by NZ Winegrowers as a fit for purpose template to meet you regulatory obligations. 

    The Code is relevant to all businesses involved in winemaking, including those making or bottling wine under contract. Winemakers that utilise contract winemaking, packaging and/or labelling services should ensure that the records described in this Code are maintained by those contractors.

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