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.
Chief Viticulturist / 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.
Haidee originally planned to travel the world finding gemstones but along the way got the wine bug, and instead travelled the world working vintages. Now, 10 years later Haidee has returned to her home region, joining the Palliser winemaking team, seeking to make (and drink) the best wine in New Zealand. Along her journey she picked up a Bachelor in Wine Science and won the 2018 North Island Young Winemaker of the Year. Haidee considers herself a bit of a residual hippy and other than drinking delicious wine and beer, loves spending time in the outdoors, cooking, travelling and hanging out with her (very large) dog, Gunnar.
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.
Direct Sales Manager
Jillian is our Oregon import who loves NZ wine almost as much as she does her Kiwi winemaker partner, who she followed to NZ 6 years ago. Jillian originally planned on becoming a winemaker herself, however after a few vintages in Oregon and NZ decided the winery was a bit quiet, being drawn instead to the people side of the business and that of bringing the stories behind the wine alive. After a few years at our neighbours (and fellow Family of 12 member) Ata Rangi, Jillian joined us in 2019 as our Direct Sales Manager. With her love of wine and dogs she immediately slotted in as one of the team however her love for her dog, Kansas, almost borders on an obsession….
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 Logistics 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
Clementine (Clem) is our charming Frenchie who is known to “have an accent as smooth as our wine”. Clementine joined us in 2017 as part of our Cellar Door team and now runs it, in between helping out in the vineyard and managing all our social media. We love having Clem who is from the home of wine, teaching people about our wines. We think they love it too, as Clem’s enthusiasm and love for our wines is infectious. When not at work she may as well be, as in true French style, wine and food is also a hobby
The Vineyard Team
Ivor, Rachael, Mark, Alex, Clayton, Guy and Ian
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.