Practical advice for Vineyards and Wineries

New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 at 11:59pm on Wednesday 13 May.

Alert Level 2

NZW has prepared guidance to assist winegrowers operating their businesses under Alert Level 2 on Wednesday 13 May - you can find this information below.

  • Version 3: Updated on 21 May to reflect removal of the dining requirement for on-licensed premises and development of the new Government contact tracing app.

Leaving Alert Level 3 means you can resume many of your every day activities but you will need to do so safely.  We recommend that members familiarise themselves with the NZW guidance below about operating your business under Alert Level 2. There are additional webpages on the following for Alert Level 2: 

From 8am on Thursday 21 May, the requirement for on-licensed premises to only serve alcohol with meals will be revoked. This means that, from this time, winery restaurants and cafes will be able to serve alcohol to patrons regardless of whether they are on the premises to dine. However, the usual requirements of host responsibility still apply. 
MPI has also provided information page for COVID-19 and the primary sector - you can access it here

What do the Alert Levels look like for NZ Winegrowers? 

NZW has prepared a helpful table on what the Alert Levels look like for NZ winegrowers? You can see this here
[Updated 14 May]

Guidance for operating at Alert Level 2

Guidance for operating at Alert Level 3

Best Practice Guides

Best Practice Guides

NZW Social Media Guidelines - Alert Levl 3

Updated 28 April 2020: Revised Social Media guidelines for Alert Level 3

Bell Gully Guide to Employment Discussions

Bell Gully has prepared a simple guide for winegrowers on the key things to know and the principles you should follow if you think you are going to have to reduce your workers’ pay or change their working conditions. 

[Uploaded 20 April]

NZW Guidance on Alcohol advertising and promotion during Alert Levels 3 and 4

This guidance is to assist NZW members to comply with New Zealand laws when:

  • advertising and promoting of alcohol; or
  • using alcohol as part of a prize or competition

at Alert Levels 3 and 4

[Updated 17 April]

NZW Guidance

Q and A for operating at Alert Level 4

Updated Q and A's - most recent update on 22 April to update information on transfer of RSE workers and link to information on varying terms and conditions of employment contracts from Bell Gully

NZW Guidance on operating at Alert Level 4

Updated on 9 April to reflect that MPI's online registration has closed. 

Documenting essential work during Alert Level 4

As an essential business you can only do work during the Alert Level 4 period that is essential.  If you decide that work (such as pruning and maintenance) does need to be commenced during Alert Level 4, we strongly recommend that you document how you reached that decision

To assist we have prepared a template to provide guidance on how you should decide to commence essential work during Alert Level 4, and to document the decision that you have made. 

WorkSafe Guidance for Level 4 Operations

MPI Letter and guidance - 31 March 2020

  • 17 Apr 2020

    MPI Letter and Guidance - 31 March 2020

    Letter from Ray Smith at MPI on 31 March 2020 setting out MPI's guidance on Health and Safety during Alert Level 4 and Hygiene Requirements. 

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.

If you have other suggestions you want to share, or questions please let us know: virusresponse@nzwine.com.

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