Winemakers Allan Johnson (left) and Guy McMaster (right)… bringing Palliser into a new organic phase.

He was a founding member of one of Martinborough’s first wineries in the modern New Zealand wine industry and, now, after 28 years as chief winemaker there, Allan Johnson is leaving to work as a consultant.

“Over the decades his hard work has been rewarded with many awards and accolades recognising his ability as a top-flight winemaker and viticulturist,” says Pip Goodwin, CEO of Palliser Estate.

The new chief winemaker at Palliser Estate will be Guy McMaster, in the new role of winemaker and viticulturist.

Guy joined the winemaking team at Palliser three years ago. He has  since worked in the vineyards to convert them to organic certification and also to develop top quality grapes for the winery’s first single vineyard wines. These are due for release later this year.