Ata Rangi, meaning "dawn sky
" or "new beginning
" is a small New Zealand winery with an enviable international reputation for Pinot Noir. Located at the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio - Clive Paton, wife Phyll and Clive's sister Ali. Clive planted the first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough village in 1980 as one of a handful of people who pioneered winegrowing in the area. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly the flagship wine, and in 2010 was honoured with the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa
or "Grand Cru of New Zealand
". With a skilled team in place, including dynamic winemaker Helen Masters, Clive now has more time to focus on his commitment to conservation and to the Ata Rangi alliance with Project Crimson
|"You’d be hard-pressed to find a list of 'Best NZ Pinot Noir'
that does not feature Ata Rangi at the top of the list."
Yvonne Lorkin, Sept 14
"This stunning estate makes the most revered
Pinot Noir in New Zealand"
Matthew Jukes, MoneyWeek, March 2013
|"...the long-serving, dedicated team behind Ata Rangi just go
from strength to strength. Their Pinots have always been
great and yet, even in a world where the Pinot benchmark
gets higher every year, Ata Rangi is better than ever."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com, April 2013
"Ata Rangi is one of the founder vineyards, and arguably the most
highly-regarded winery in the Martinborough (and Wairarapa
district), perhaps because there have been no pompous claims
about their wines... - just constant, quiet attention to detail."
Geoff Kelly, geoffkellywinereviews.co.nz, June 2014