Named after British Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser (1723-1796), Martinborough winery in Wairarapa (North Island) was founded in 1984. The first wine was produced in 1989. In 1995 it became the first winery New Zealand
ISO 9002 certified. The vineyards with 85 hectares of vines include the Clouston, Om Santi, Palliser, Pencarrow and Pinnacles vineyards. They are planted with the varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The top wines are marketed under the label "Palliser Estate". The flagships of the house are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Simpler wines are produced under the label "Pencarrow". Much of the production goes into export.