New Zealand – Ata Rangi
Ata Rangi, meaning “dawn sky” or “new beginning” is a small New Zealand winery with a big reputation. We find merely speaking the name elicits heart-felt sighs from anyone who knows them.
Located in Martinborough, the southern end of the North Island, it is owned and managed by a family trio – Clive Paton, his wife Phyll and his sister Alison. Add fiery and fantastic winemaker Helen Masters and you’ve got quite the team.
Clive planted his first vines on a small, stony sheep paddock in 1980 as a pioneer of the region. Not only do they make some of the very best wines of New Zealand, they also save the planet. Clive has re-forested 130 ha of land behind their property, affectionately dubbed the Bush Block.
Other Cool Stuff:
• In 2010 their estate Pinot was honoured with the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or “Grand Cru of New Zealand” (along with Felton Road).
• Brought the famed “Ata Rangi” or “Boot Clone” to New Zealand. DRC clippings meet farmer’s boot meet the hands of border guards meet Clive meet the soils of New Zealand. The rest is history! Ask us.
• Helping to restore New Zealand’s native Rata trees, the inspiration for their younger vines Pinot, Crimson.
• We are probably obsessed with their Craighall Chardonnay.