Biosecurity Supporters

Protecting our vines

We created a range of Wine Tourism Biosecurity Signs in 2017 to help wineries educate visitors about farm-gate hygiene. Since then, hundreds of signs have been purchased by companies around Australia. 

This page celebrates some of those Biosecurity Supporters, who are passionate about keeping their vines healthy.

Angas Plains Estate

Angove Family Winemakers

Ashton Hills Vineyard

Balnaves of Coonawarra

Barossa Visitor Centre

Bay of Fires

Bleasdale Vineyards

Bremerton Wines

Brown Family Wine Group

Charles Melton

Clonakilla

Coonawarra Vignerons

Devil’s Corner

Gemtree Wines

Golding Wines

Hahndorf Hill

Hayes Family Wines

Irvine Wines

Keith Tulloch Wine

Krondorf Creek Farm

Langhorne Creek Grape & Wine

McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism

National Wine Centre

Noon Winery

Paxton Wines

Pecador Vineyards

Petaluma Wines

Pike & Joyce

Seppeltsfield

Shottesbrooke Vineyards

Skillogalee Wines

Stargazer Wine

Tamar Ridge

Temple Bruer

The Blok Coonawarra

The Winehouse

Torbreck

Zema Estate

Drew Noon from Noon Winery and dog Homer in their McLaren Vale vineyard.

“Our old vines are precious to us. They only produce small crops but the flavour is amazing. Part of the reason for their longevity and quality is that they’re growing without rootstocks. It only takes one phylloxera bug to start an infestation that would see the end of these vines and all others like them, so biosecurity is very important to us.”

Drew and Rae Noon, Noon Winery, McLaren Vale
Melissa Brown, Owner/Viticulturist at Gemtree Wines, McLaren Vale. 

“Signage is an important tool in educating visitors not to enter our vineyards and risk our highly prized phylloxera free status here in South Australia.”

Melissa Brown, Gemtree Wines, McLaren Vale
A biosecurity sign near the popular soil pit display at Balnaves of Coonawarra.

“We placed our signs near our popular soil pit display. This way, many visitors see the signage and are educated not to enter the vineyards. We also have a biosecurity sticker at the front entrance to our cellar door, near the door handle so that it’s eye-catching. And we educate our staff so that when customers ask about biosecurity, we can answer.”

Kirsty Balnaves, Balnaves of Coonawarra



Hamish Maguire, Shottesbrooke Vineyards, McLaren Vale.

“As McLaren Vale attracts more and more interstate and overseas visitors, it’s important that the locals are able to clearly educate our guests about the importance of staying out of our vineyards. As a business with multiple sites, we have spread our signage around to be able to capture guests’ attention whether visiting our tasting room, restaurant or staying in our rental properties. Our in-house training means all staff (not just visitor focussed) are armed with the knowledge to be able to educate and explain the importance of not spreading phylloxera to our region.”

Hamish Maguire, Managing Director & Winemaker of Shottesbrooke Vineyards, McLaren Vale.



Nick Cooper, Devil’s Corner, Tasmania.

“We’re seeing greater and greater numbers of tourists, both local and international, visiting our Tasmanian cellar doors. It’s great to have consumer facing signage that not only educates visitors about the importance of biosecurity, but is also tasteful and less hard-edged than a standard ‘Do Not Enter’ sign.”

Nick Cooper, Assistant Vineyard Manager at Devil’s Corner, Tasmania.


Pecador Vineyards, Langhorne Creek.
Dee Wright, Cellar Door Manager at Hahndorf Hill Winery in the Adelaide Hills.

“Hahndorf is one of the most visited towns in Australia, with people coming from all over the world, so I like that the signs include messages in English and Mandarin. We’ve seen people stopping, reading and not going any further. Educating people about biosecurity is part of our social responsibility for our winery, our region and our state, to keep phylloxera out.”

Dee Wright, Cellar Door Manager, Hahndorf Hill, Adelaide Hills
Vanessa Seppelt, Cellar Door Manager at Hayes Family Wines in the Barossa Valley. 

“Hayes Family Wines is an old vine certified organic vineyard. With our winery and cellar door onsite, the signs are invaluable for keeping our customers informed on good practice in and around our ancient grape sources.”

Brett Hayes, Proprietor, Hayes Family Wines, Barossa Valley
Lucy Golding of Golding Wines in the Adelaide Hills.

“Since placing the biosecurity signage at our vineyard there has been an increased opportunity for engagement, through conversations with our guests, about the dangers of introducing pests and diseases into the South Australian wine industry. Many visitors are not even aware that this is an issue and that they could unknowingly be part of the problem by taking a walk in our vines. We have found that once guests are empowered with that information they make the right choices. The signage has been a great conversation starter and a tool for spreading greater awareness of the biosecurity issues our industry faces.”

Lucy Golding, Golding Wines, Adelaide Hills



Jason Bird, General Manager of the National Wine Centre, South Australia.

“As a high volume tourism venue, we need to ensure visitors get the message about biosecurity.”

Jason Bird, General Manager, National Wine Centre, South Australia.



Richard Angove, Angove Family Winemakers McLaren Vale, with Leon Bignell MP.

The Wine Tourism Biosecurity signage program has been very good for our cellar door. The simple yet informative language used is clear and concise and has aided in our team telling the message of biosecurity. It has also helped ensure tourists do not walk amongst our old and treasured vines.

Richard Angove, Angove Family Winemakers, McLaren Vale



Keith Tulloch, Keith Tulloch Wine,
Hunter Valley.


A biosecurity sign at the Seppeltsfield Grenache vineyard, Barossa Valley.

“Our beautiful old bush vine Grenache vineyard at Seppeltsfield is right on the roadside. While it’s wonderful that visitors to the region are be able to see these vines, it’s important for people to also appreciate that walking through them could unknowingly cause damage.”

Nicole Hodgson, Head of Tourism & Stakeholder Relations, Seppeltsfield Wines, Barossa Valley.


Liz Riely, Vitibit, Hunter Valley.

“Biosecurity is a cornerstone of business viability for Australian viticulture – both going forwards as well as to protect our unique heritage germplasm. It can be a challenge to push past the ‘inconvenience’ of compliance but you have to keep a focus on the long game; for me that means creating biosecurity bubbles and maintaining cleanliness as I move between properties.”

Liz Riley, Managing Director, Vitibit