The estate is located in Martinborough (Wairarapa, on the southern tip of North Island) in New Zealand
, It was founded in 1980 by Clive Paton with five hectares of vineyards. The name literally means "dawning sky" or analogously "new beginning". Today 34 hectares of vineyards are cultivated, 25% of which are owned. They are planted with the varieties Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. The flagship is the Pinot Noir, one of the best in New Zealand. Other top wines are Craighall Chardonnay and the red wine blend Célèbre (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah). Around 10,000 boxes (120,000 bottles) of wine are produced annually. Since the 2003 vintage, certain wines have been used screw cap
bottled. The Walnut Ridge winery in the immediate vicinity with 2.5 hectares of vineyards was acquired in 2002.