Vineyard Biosecurity for Wine Tourism

Thank you for helping us protect the places that make our famous wines.

Vineyards are living ecosystems that are vulnerable to the introduction of new pests and diseases. In New Zealand we are fortunate that many of the pests and diseases affecting vineyards overseas are not present here, and that we have a world-class biosecurity system dedicated to keeping them out.

Complying with biosecurity regulations and procedures in place at the border helps to protect our primary industries, natural heritage and way of life.

Help us to protect our vines and world-famous wines by doing the following when you visit New Zealand vineyards, cellar doors and wineries:

  • If you have travelled from overseas recently, check your luggage is free of hitch-hiking pests and any plant material. Call the Biosecurity New Zealand hotline on 0800 80 99 66 if you find anything suspicious.
  • Ensure your footwear is clean and free of mud, seeds and plant material before entering and leaving a vineyard or cellar door.
  • Ask if there are any specific biosecurity protocols that should be observed while visiting the vineyard, cellar door or winery.
  • Stay within designated areas on the site and don’t walk amongst the vine rows without express permission – this is for your own health and safety as well as the health and safety of our vines.
  • Limit contact with the vines as much as possible.
  • Please leave the environment as you find it – don’t take any grapes, soil or vine material with you when you leave.

Thank you for helping to protect New Zealand’s premium wine industry.

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