- About Us
- Biosecurity Resources
- Grape Phylloxera
- Biosecurity Archives
- Viticulture Practices
- Property ID Codes (PIC)
- Latest news
- Contact Us
The VVBC has a key role to play in Victoria’s viticulture industries. A critical factor in our success is our ability to lead, work with and complement similar state and national initiatives and ensure the plant health needs of Victoria’s viticulture industries are well understood and considered at the state and national level.
The VVBC has been established to provide:
The VVBC is a collaborative venture between Agriculture Victoria and key stakeholders in the viticulture industries, including the wine grape, table grape and dried fruit industries, plus the nursery and vine improvement sectors.
The VVBC comprises industry representatives with interests in table grape, wine grape and dried fruit production, winemakers, regional industry organisations, the nursery industry and Agriculture Victoria.
Effective biosecurity for profitable viticulture industries
The biosecurity challenges facing Victoria are well stated in a range of industry and Government strategies.
Biosecurity issues that have special importance to the viticulture industries include the need to exclude or contain existing and new pests and diseases, for example, phylloxera, exotic virus and virus-like diseases and their vectors, the Pierce’s Disease bacterium, grapevine rust, black rot fungus and fruit flies (endemic and exotic).
There is also a significant number of regional pests and diseases which, if spread more widely or not well controlled, could provide long-term problems for our industry. This risk could be seriously heightened through economic circumstances and the threats posed by neglected vineyards (and other crops) as sources of pests and diseases. There is also increasing pressure on the viticulture (and other) industries to reduce their use of pesticides and/or to find alternative control measures without losing market access or escalating production costs.
While the VVBC recognises it can’t fix all the biosecurity issues facing the industry, it is determined to provide leadership and well thought out policy and investment advice to industry and government on key viticulture biosecurity issues.