The Ata Rangi extended family is dedicated to respecting and nurturing the land for future generations.
Ata Rangi, meaning “dawn sky” or “new beginning” is a small New Zealand winery with a renowned reputation for Pinot Noir. Located at the southern end of the North Island in the village of Martinborough, it is owned and managed by a family trio – Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison. Clive planted his 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.
The aim for all of our wines is to achieve balance, structure, complexity and textural, mouth-filling experiences.
We produce three expressions of Pinot Noir; the renowned Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, the single vineyard McCrone Block Pinot Noir and Ata Rangi ‘Crimson’, an earlier-drinking style yet still a very serious expression of the variety. Sales of Crimson help to support ‘Project Crimson’ the charitable conservation trust focused on saving New Zealand’s iconic red-flowering rata and pohutukawa.
Célèbre is our very own ‘Rhone-meets-Bordeaux’, a classic, delicious Merlot-Syrah-Cabernet blend, the first award-winning few barrels of which were first produced under the toolshed verandah in 1986.
Our whites consist of a Chardonnay – the silky, seamless, elegant Craighall from 30+ year-old Mendoza clone vines, on the original Craighall Vineyard site opposite the Home Block, and other parcels of Mendoza, the ‘hen and chicken’ clone. On the aromatic side, a deliciously complex Raranga Sauvignon Blanc delivers riper flavours and texture that varies from the typical Kiwi Sauvignon. Our Lismore Pinot Gris is picked late in the season and crafted in a typically Alsatian style. From our Cellars, we release a bottle-aged Craighall Riesling each year, classically dry, complex and minerally. Finally, our delightful Rosé is a wonderful aperitif, not just in summer and, for many, the pièce de résistance is our luscious botrytised Riesling named ‘Kahu’ – Maori for the harrier hawk that roosts in the neighbouring vineyard of the same name.
Organic farming, long term sustainability and a clear focus on leaving the land in better shape than we found it.