Steps to a Wine Standards Management Plan

You must register a wine standards management plan (WSMP) before you start making wine. Follow the steps to a WSMP.

Step 1: Apply a WSMP code of practice and HACCP to your winery

MPI has developed WSMP codes of practice in collaboration with industry to make this easy for you:

If you follow an approved code of practice, you will be able to meet the requirements for winemaking under the Wine Act 2003. 

If you choose not to follow an approved code of practice, you will need to develop your own wine standards management plan, and you will then need to get your WSMP independently evaluated to ensure your procedures meet WSMP requirements.

Step 2: Sign up a verifier

You need to confirm your chosen recognised agency and verifier when you submit your WSMP documents for registration. You do this by including a letter from the recognised agency to which your verifier belongs.

You do not need to get your WSMP verified before you register, but you do need to provide information about who your verifier is when you submit your application.

Step 3: Complete WSMP application documents

You need to complete and sign 2 forms:

Step 4: Send in your WSMP for registration

To register your WSMP, send (by email or to the address on the form) the registration fee and the following 4 documents to MPI:

  • Relevant WSMP outline
  • WSMP application form (WA4)
  • A site plan (the area and boundaries that the WSMP applies to)
  • A letter from your verifier's recognised agency confirming that they will verify your WSMP
  • If you choose not to follow an approved code of practice, you will also need to submit your own WSMP and the independent evaluation report.

Step 5: Confirmation of WSMP registration

Once your WSMP has been registered you will receive a Notice of registration from MPI
Once your registration is confirmed, you may start making wine

Step 6: Get verified

You need to arrange for your first WSMP verification within 6 months of registration.

The date of your initial verification will become the anniversary date, with future verifications due during or before the end of that same calendar month each year.

If you are not making wine for export, you may qualify for reduced verification frequency, subject to your verifier's recommendation.

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