In 2018–19 the ACCC’s Agriculture Unit conducted a market study of the wine grape industry. The study examined competition, contracting practices, transparency and risk allocation in wine grape supply chains.
The market study was finalised in September 2019. However, the ACCC will review the industry’s progress in adopting the recommendations in its final report in 12 to 18 months.
The ACCC will consider recommending to Government that a mandatory code be introduced if:
- the upcoming review of the Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct (the Code) does not address matters raised in the report regarding quality assessments, price transparency, payment terms and dispute resolution
- more winemakers do not sign up to the Code (including all large winemakers).
The ACCC is currently considering the wine grapes industry's progress towards implementing the recommendations made, or otherwise addressing the issues identified, in our Final Report. We will release a short public report on our findings by the end of 2021. Please contact us if you have any questions about this process.
For further information, please contact Agricultureunit@accc.gov.au.