Vineyard operators and supporting industries are being reminded to ensure best practice biosecurity measures are in place as vintage begins to ramp up across Victoria.
The reminder comes after an increase in the number of vineyards in the Maroondah phylloxera infested zone, which are confirmed to be infested with grapevine phylloxera.
Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee chairman Damien Sheehan said biosecurity measures needed to be implemented at the farm gate.
‘‘Do not allow anyone onto the vineyard unless you know where they have been, likewise do not allow the entry of equipment unless it has been appropriately cleaned,’’ Mr Sheehan said.
‘‘Most importantly, vineyard operators should not allow equipment onto their properties unless it is free of soil and organic matter, or has originated from a region known to be free of grapevine phylloxera.’’
Mr Sheehan said contractors should also be reminded to ensure equipment, clothing and footwear was free of soil and organic matter prior to entering a vineyard.