The Code of Conduct for Australian Winegrape Purchases (formerly the Australian Wine Industry Code of Conduct) was initially established in December 2008, and developed by Australian Grape and Wine Inc (formerly WFA and Australian Vignerons) with support from the Federal Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
In September 2019, the ACCC released its Winegrape Market Study. The ACCC recommended a number of amendments aimed at strengthening the Code, along with a significant increase in uptake by winemakers. A new Code Management Committee was convened in September 2019 with equal representation from both winemakers and grape growers. This committee manages the business operations of the Code, conducts regular reviews, and provides recommendations for amendments to the Code in order to continually improve its effectiveness.