What we do
The New Zealand Winegrowers Export Wine Grape Spray Schedule is a guide to the legal use of pesticides for export wine grapes in New Zealand. Where possible it incorporates the best practice guidelines of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ). It is produced each year and is posted out to all Members.
The New Zealand Winegrowers Board agreed to develop a Grafted Grapevine Standard (GGS) and an associated certification program which has the objective of minimising the probability of infected material being released to the industry . This was done, primarily, to prevent the spread the Grapevine leaf roll associated virus type 3 (GLRaV-3) which is economically one of the most important and widespread diseases of wine grapes The plant material that produces the grapes is a significant investment in vineyards - it is important that this is of the highest quality and of known origin. The outcome sought is to provide assurance to viticulturalists, winemakers, and other stakeholders including consumers, that grafted grape vines which are certified according to this Standard, can be described as “high health plants” in that they have been tested for and shown not to have GLRaV-3 at the time of testing.