A new law that will allow wine and spirit makers to register the geographical origin of their product is a step closer.
The bill passed its first reading unanimously on Thursday and will go to a select committee for public submissions.
Commerce Minister Paul Goldsmith says it amends an Act which was passed in 2006 but never brought into force.
When the changes have been made, the Geographical Indications (Wines and Spirits) Registration Act will be good to go.
"Giving New Zealand wine and spirit makes the ability to register their regional names as geographical indications for their product will help protect their reputation and build value," Mr Goldsmith said.
"It's important we guard the reputation of New Zealand wines and spirits - being able to register geographical indications makes it easier for New Zealand exporters to promote and protect their product in competitive overseas markets."