Proposed changes to sensory evaluation of New Zealand grape wine for export

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Contact: Wine assurance

Have your say

New Zealand Food Safety is seeking feedback on 3 proposed options for how wine for export is determined to be free from obvious fault. The outcome will be incorporated into the Wine Notice: New Zealand Grape Wine Export Eligibility Requirements. 

The 3 proposed options are:

  • Option 1: Retain current sensory panel evaluation of wine.
  • Option 2: Winemaker declaration that the wine is free from obvious fault.
  • Option 3: Third-party winemaker declaration that the wine is free from obvious fault.

We'd also like to hear any other suggestions you might have for determining export wine is free from obvious fault.

This consultation opens on 24 May and closes on 11 July.

Consultation document

Proposed changes to sensory evaluation of New Zeland grape wine [PDF, 314 KB]

Related documents

Wine Notice: New Zealand Grape Wine Export Eligibility Requirements [PDF, 263 KB]

New Zealand Grape Wine Export Code [PDF, 160 KB]

Wine Regulations 2006 – NZ Legislation

What's being proposed?

The current mechanism for determining that exported wine is free from obvious fault is to have a sensory panel evaluate the wine. We are proposing that the process could be simplified and made more efficient, especially given the robustness of the regulatory framework in place under the Wine Act 2003.

Our preferred mechanism is option 2. This option is effectively the current alternative option for sensory evaluation when there are COVID-19 alert levels 3 or 4 in force.

An analysis of the 3 options is in section 4.3 of the consultation document.

Making your submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 11 July 2021.

Email your submission to

We encourage you to use the submission template [DOCX, 214 KB]

While we prefer email, you can post your submission to:

New Zealand Food Safety
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526 
Wellington 6140.

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

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