A prominent issue and wine industry priority is ongoing management of the biosecurity challenge posed by phylloxera. Since phylloxera was first detected in the Yarra Valley in 2007, the subsequent spread of the pest within the current boundary of the Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) has placed regulatory and compliance pressures on the region’s grape industry.

Have your say - complete the survey

Agriculture Victoria is supporting the YVWGA’s move to hear the voice of all stakeholders in the local industry before any decision is made regarding the possibility of expanding the existing boundary for the PIZ.

The Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association (YVWGA) and Agriculture Victoria have now surveyed industry in the Yarra Valley to evaluate the advantages of expanding the existing boundary of the Maroondah PIZ to include other areas currently recognised as the Phylloxera Risk Zone (PRZ).

Giving us your views via the survey will:

  • clarify any merits of and support for extending the Maroondah PIZ boundary, and how any change may affect your approach to best practice on-farm biosecurity.
  • help inform the region's wine industry’s decision-making going forward for phylloxera management in the Yarra Valley.
  • help the YVWGA and Agriculture Victoria promote awareness of the biosecurity requirements for growers and vineyard managers operating in a PIZ environment.

The survey closed on 15 June 2018.

How will the results of the survey be used?

The outcome of the survey will be posted on the Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association, Agriculture Victoria and Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee websites before 31 July 2018.

A thorough analysis of the results of the survey will be presented at an industry forum in the Yarra Valley in late August 2018.