Media release – Grapevine propagation material quality formally recognised in new national standard

From today, for the first time, purchasers of grapevine cuttings have access to a new national standard for grapevine propagation material, following the completion of a project funded by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC).

This means that people purchasing grapevine propagation material sold under the standard can be assured about the cutting’s identity, its health status and that it meets certain physical specifications.

The Australian Standard for Grapevine Propagation Material, AS 5588:2013 was developed by Standards Australia in consultation with representatives of the grapegrowing, winemaking and nursery industries, researchers (organisations listed below) and government. It was adopted after support from all of the organisations represented.

The standard, which sets a new benchmark for the industry, builds on and enhances the schemes of best practice and traceability previously used.

‘GWRDC is pleased that the wine sector has come together to develop a robust, scientifically valid national standard for grapevine propagation material’, said GWRDC General Manager, Kate Harvey.

‘All of the key parties came together and we appreciate their contribution to the development of the standard’, she said.

The standard sets minimum requirements for:

  • Establishing and maintaining the variety, provenance (origin and selection history) and health of grapevine propagation material
  • Classification of material according to fitness for the purpose of propagation and/or vineyard establishment
  • Documentation, including traceability, classification and labelling of propagation material.

To purchase a copy of the standard, published today (12 September 2013), visit

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Consultation group:

  • Australia Vine Improvement Association
  • Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology
  • Consumers Federation of Australia
  • CSIRO Plant Industry
  • Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation
  • Riverland Vine Improvement Committee
  • Vine Industry Nursery Association
  • Wine Australia Corporation
  • Wine Grape Growers Australia
  • Winemakers’ Federation of Australia


GWRDC invests in and directs research, development and extension (RD&E) along the whole value chain ‘from vine to glass’ to support a competitive Australian wine sector.

We collaborate with our key stakeholders to coordinate and direct our investments to best address the sector’s RD&E priorities. GWRDC is funded by grapegrowers and winemakers, who pay levies on the annual winegrape crush, and the Australian Government, which provides matching funds.

For further information:
Abbey Flanagan, Communication Coordinator

Ph: 08 8273 0500 Email: