Practical advice for Vineyards and Wineries

Update: Omicron Outbreak

With Omicron now in the community, it is important that businesses prepare for disruption during Vintage 2022. Businesses should update their safety plans and implement the most stringent control measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and minimise the number of workers that could be characterized as close contacts if a case was to occur. Updated guidance about updating your safety plan, including recommended controls to minimise the risk of a worker being classified as a close contact, is available below.

Under Phase 1 of the Omicron response, isolation periods have been extended and are now at least 14 days (including 72 hours symptom-free) for a positive case and 10 days for close contacts. Household members of positive cases must remain in isolation for 10 days after the positive case has been released from isolation. Under Phases 2 and 3 isolation periods will reduce to 10 days for a positive case and 7 days for a close contact.

NZW understands that the isolation requirements are particularly challenging for members. We are urgently working on guidance about how people can return to work if they contract COVID-19 or are a close contact. This guidance will depend on the phase of the Omicron response as well as other matters we are discussing with Government (e.g., rapid antigen testing).

Further details about the Government’s three phase approach to Omicron, isolation requirements, rapid antigen testing and mask wearing is available in the traffic light guidance below.

We will continue to update our guidance as further information becomes available.

Guidance for winegrowers on the traffic light system/COVID-19 Protection Framework

  • New 26 Jan 2022

    Traffic Light Guidance V8

    Guidance on how winegrowers can operate their business under the new traffic light system. NEW: includes updates on revised isolation period requirements in response to the Omicron variant

Webinar: COVID-19: Planning for Vintage 2022

To support winegrowers for Vintage 2022, the Advocacy team is hosting a webinar on Tuesday 15 February at 10am. This will cover the latest information available on omicron, vaccinations and other health and safety matters. Register here.

If you have any questions you would like addressed in the webinar, please email these to with "Webinar" in the subject line.

Guidance on health and safety planning under the traffic light system

How do the traffic light settings apply to winegrowers?

Preparing for COVID-19: Business continuity checklist

  • 21 Dec 2021

    Business Continuity Checklist

    Checklist for winegrowers to help you create a business continuity plan to ensure your business is able to continue to operate with as little disruption as possible if you, or one of your team contracts COVID-19

Best Practice Guides

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:

  • Guidance for operating at other Alert Levels - Archived

    NZW has previously prepared guidance to assist winegrowers operating their businesses under various Alert Levels, which you can find on this page. Some of this may be useful, but the latest guidance is available on the practical advice page.

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