ASVO issues COVID-safe recommendations for wine shows

01 June, 2020 by Andy Young

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) Wine Show Technical Advisory Committee has responded to the current pandemic by preparing an addendum to its wine show best practice recommendations.

The 2015 ASVO Wine Show Best Practice Recommendations (BPRs) provides a series of best practices recommendations that for wine shows and the update applies to the hygiene requirements.

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The ASVO said: “The BPRs provide an up-to-date guideline for use by wine shows when compiling regulations and planning the conduct of shows. The Standards also address many issues identified as challenges within the current wine show system, including class sizes, numbers of entries, judge fatigue, varying regulations between shows, judge training and entry criteria.

“ASVO continues to play an important role in the development of Best Practice Recommendations for the Australian wine show system with a revised version of the Best Practice Recommendations due be released later this year.”

In total there are 21 hygiene requirements highlighted in the addendum, ranging from displaying signage regarding hand hygiene through to temperature checking, clothing and the positioning of spittoons.

Both the Best Practice Recommendations and the Addendum can be found on the ASVO website.