Pip has always loved wine but her first trip to Burgundy sealed the deal. While she was there she decided to make wine her career. After over ten years in the corporate world as an Accountant / Management Consultant Pip took the leap doing vintages in NZ and USA followed by completing the formal part of her winemaking training at Lincoln University. Pip joined Palliser in 2004 as part of the winemaking team and over her time with us she has been involved in all aspects of the business from winemaking, sustainability, finances, sales and marketing. In 2015 Pip took over from Richard Riddiford as CEO. A role she is incredibly excited about because it gave her the opportunity to build on Richard’s proud legacy. The girl from Wairarapa had come full circle. In her spare time (which is limited) she loves playing sport, walking the naughtiest dog in town or just hanging with her family and friends enjoying the amazing outdoor lifestyle in idyllic Martinborough. Pip is finally living that dream she started chasing all those years ago in Burgundy.
To say that Allan is quiet and understated is an understatement in itself but he’s an important part of our story. Allan joined us in 1991. He was just the second winemaker to work with us. Since then Palliser has won over 80 Gold Medals for its wines. This may be a coincidence but we suspect not. Not that Allan will tell you about the medals. This is what Allan will tell you if you talk to him. He’ll tell you that he’s stayed because it’s a good place that you can make good wine. He may even tell you about his two children and going gliding (‘chess in the sky’) and the simple pleasures of heading out on a fishing kayak with the kids. What Allan won’t tell you is about the big shiny trophy in the tasting room with his name on it for the Champion Chardonnay from 2008. Allan, as you can tell, lets his wines do all the talking for him.
Viticulturist / Associate Winemaker
Guy is a good bastard who’s been knocking around the wine industry for over 15 years. In that time, he’s worked, well, just about everywhere. After studying Viticulture and Oneologly at Lincoln University he did vineyard and winery work in Central Otago, America and then joined Escarpment as their Assistant Winemaker. They quickly saw his potential and he moved into a Vineyard Management role as well. Then he moved to Urlar as their Winemaker / Viticulturist. Finally at the beginning of 2016 we grabbed him to work with us. Guys is South Islander, an outdoorsman, a keen golfer, a family man and consumer of fine wine.
Sandy has been in Advertising for many years but we don’t hold that against her. She worked in London for a while but by the age of 24 she was back on our fair shores and made the move into Sales and Marketing. Then she left work to concentrate on a new project; namely having two kids. Soon, however, she was back working in sales and drawn, naturally, to the wine industry. Who can blame her? Sandy worked at Morton Estate and Negociants NZ before finding her way to us. She joined Palliser in early 2016. working with our distributors here and around the globe. Sandy sees her job as sharing our wine and our stories with the world. You’ve got to love Sandy, after all, she’s the one who makes sure our wine ends up on your table.
Carla started at Palliser in 1992 . Back then, Carla did everything. She looked after the cellar door. She did cleaning. She did gardening. She drove the forklift. As Administration Manager, Carla looks after the export markets, liaising with overseas distributors and persuading them to order more wine. Away from the office, Carla has the love of her life, a growling yellow Ducati. If she has one small quibble, it’s too quiet; it needs to be louder. She says this wistfully. It’s always the quiet ones. When she’s not driving her bike she still finds time to drive the forklift.
Lesley is our Accounts Manager or, as she calls it, ‘keeper of the purse’. She started with Palliser in 1998. Originally from Wellington, she wandered over the hill one day and forgot to go back. Martinborough does that to you. She loves living in the country. It’s the simple things like not having traffic lights. And being able to go camping and real fishing. Also she works at a vineyard. It’s a hard life for Lesley.
Cellar Sales Manager
Anna got into the wine industry like most of us – enjoying a glass or two. She was once an occupational therapist where she managed people’s happiness and wellbeing. Now Anna still manages happiness by looking after our cellar door where she shares her love and enthusiasm for our wines. She’s usually accompanied by her dog Nico, the unofficial 6th member of our cellar sales team. Anna will tempt your taste buds while Nico will win your heart.
The Vineyard Team
Clem, Rachael, Ivor, Clayton, Alex, Guy and Ian (in the front)
Our small, loyal and dedicated vineyard crew are the unsung heroes of our team. They meticulously tend to our vines throughout the year in all elements to ensure vine health and fruit quality is optimised. They are true characters, people of the land and know what hard work is all about like the pioneers on which our region was founded.
The Cellar Door Team
Jo, Anna, Clementine – Missing Nico (the dog)
The Cellar Sales Team is Palliser’s welcoming party – usually led by Nico who likes to escort visitors up the path. Each of them have a love and enthusiasm for our wines, and for the opportunity to share them with all our visitors.