Why you need to be recognised
Most winemaking businesses operate under a registered wine standards management plan (WSMP). To prove that they're following the WSMP correctly, they need to be verified by a recognised person or agency.
Checking that a business complies with the law is a regulatory role. Private agencies and councils can do this role on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The recognition process makes sure agencies or persons meet the standards we would apply if we were doing the checks.
Wine Notice: Requirements for Recognised Agencies and Persons [PDF, 287 KB]