Practical advice for Vineyards and Wineries

Operating as an 'Essential Business'

The Government has advised that the grape and wine industry (along with other food and beverage producers) and all parts of the supply chain may continue to operate as essential businesses. This does not extend to cellar doors, winery restaurants etc, which must close.

You can register as an essential business via MPI's website here.

For advice on how to complete the registration process and sample answers to the questions illustrating how to comply with the Government's health measures expectations, see our Best Practice Guide below. The Best Practice Guide has been updated as follows:

  • Version 2: Updated at 10:00pm 26 March to provide clarifications, renumber the questions to match the online Registration Form, and insert new initial Q9.
TIP: We recommend you write the answers to your registration questions in a separate word document and paste into the MPI registration form, to reduce the risk of losing your answers if the site crashes. 

Details of which businesses must register are included in our Q&A document below. The Q&As are regularly updated as new information comes to hand, and have recently been updated as follows: 

  • Version 4: Updated at 12:38pm 26 March to provide guidance for those who cannot meet the 2metre rule (requirements to register and provide additional information to MPI). 
  • Version 3: Updated at 11:05am 26 March to update on remote sales of alcohol.
  • Version 2: Updated at 8:56am 26 March following member webinars.

Q&A for operating as an essential business at level 4

  • New 26 Mar 2020

    Q&A on 'Essential Businesses' (Version 4)

    On 25 March 2020 we held a number of webinars for members to provide updates on the transition to Level 4 and the requirements for operating as an essential business. Some of the common queries from those webinars have been collated into this document. 

Best Practice Guides

Good Communication

We’re all going through a very odd time and we’re in it together, so keep up the communication. Share information about your situation and good practices with staff, colleagues and neighbouring businesses.

Focus on reliable sources of information, such as the new NZ Government Unite against COVID-19 portal, which you can find on the NZW COVID-19 website under Reliable Information Sources.

This is a stressful time. Ensure workers feel supported and know where to look for information, and who to contact if they need help. Here’s a useful document on real-time resilience strategies for coping with coronavirus.

Remember: There’s no shame in anyone getting COVID-19 or requiring self-isolation. Make a commitment to yourself: I won’t spread rumours. Don’t forward social media from armchair experts. Ask your friends and colleagues to do the same.

If you have other suggestions you want to share, please let us know: [email protected].

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