Exemptions from Wine Standards Management Plans (WSMPs)

Small winemakers can be exempt from operating under a registered WSMP, and some other businesses can be given a limited exemption.

Regulations that cover exemptions

The exemptions for winemakers who do not need to have a registered WSMP, are specified in various parts of the Wine Regulations 2006.

Winemakers who only affix labels to packaged wine

If your business is solely engaged in labelling of packaged wine, you are exempt from the requirement to operate under a registered WSMP. You can find more information about this in Regulation 5 of the Wine Regulations 2006.

Exemptions for small winemakers

To be eligible for a small winemaker exemption, you must meet 2 criteria:

  • you make less than 20,000 litres of wine over 2 years
  • all your wine is sold in New Zealand.

While you do not need to register a WSMP, you still need to follow requirements under the Wine Act 2003. The easiest way to meet these requirements is by following an approved Code of Practice (COP).

There are full details of this exemption in Regulation 5A of the Wine Regulations 2006.

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