Sustainability | Kaitiakitanga

Kaitiakitanga, the Maori world view of guardianship and sustainable protection of the environment, is fundamentally Palliser. All that we do is for for the land, river, sea and vines of our home to thrive; for kinship between human and nature; and for future generations to prosper. Palliser has been sustainably producing wine since the beginning because it was the right thing to do, for our land, our people, our community and our business.


Our commitment to organics and biodynamic practices are a philosophical thing – they’re simply the right thing to do – and a practical thing that leads to a wonderful earthiness to our wine, making it feel more real, more alive, more authentic to place.

We‘re working hard at converting all of our vineyards to organics, with our Hua Nui, Om Santi and The Winery vineyards already fully certified organic and part of the Pencarrow vineyard currently under conversion. We aim to have all seven vineyards in the process of conversion by 2025 and all fully converted to organics by 2028.

We feel that converting all our vineyards to organics will provide the truest representation of sense of place in our wine as well as improving the soil for future generations. 

It’s about kaitiaki – guardianship – of the land and it’s about producing exceptional wines.


Looking back, sustainability can be seen as the start of the bigger journey to being fully organic. To us sustainability is about being responsible within your industry, responsible within your country and responsible within your world – our world.

Just as we’ve been pioneers in New Zealand Pinot we’ve also been pioneers in sustainability achieving many firsts as shown in below. Ultimately this goes beyond being at the forefront, at its heart it’s really about ensuring our wines give back to the land and our region as much as they give to us.

  • One of the first wineries in the world to be certified with ISO 14001 – 2004
  • First CEMARS certified winery in the world – 2009
  • Sponsoring the local Onoke Spit Ecological Restoration Programme
  • Runner up in the Balance Farm Environment Awards 2016
  • SWNZ accredited Vineyards and Wineries
  •  Organic certification granted by BioGro 
  • To complete the conversion process for all of our vineyards by 2025.