Twelve new Wine Tourism Biosecurity Signs have been installed around the Barossa, including on the Jack Bobridge cycling track, courtesy of Vinehealth Australia and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA).

The signs were designed by Vinehealth Australia and printed with funding from PIRSA. They were installed by The Barossa Council in September.

Vinehealth Australia CEO Inca Lee said the number of cycling paths running adjacent to vineyards was increasing in South Australia, with new bike paths being opened quite regularly.

“We developed a ‘please stay on the track’ sign designed specifically for use near cycling tracks in wine regions. This sign complements our suite of wine tourism biosecurity signs that raise awareness of the risk of pests and diseases being tracked into vineyards on shoes, clothes and tyres,” Inca said. “We’re thrilled to see these signs appearing in wine regions around Australia.”

Barossa Mayor Bim Lange said the wine industry was one of the Barossa’s most important sectors, and one that needed protecting.

“It’s fundamental to our culture and is a major local employer, not to mention the economic benefits to the region from wine sales and wine tourism,” Mayor Lange said.

“But with any industry comes risk and protecting our beautiful young and old vines from new pests, diseases and weeds is critical.

“That’s why initiatives to educate visitors about not walking into vineyards are so important. We commend Vinehealth Australia for creating these wine tourism biosecurity signs and we thank PIRSA for funding the printing of 12 signs for our region.”

To view the suite of Wine Tourism Biosecurity Signs, click here: