Welcome to Ata Rangi Martinborough cellar door
In Te Reo Māori, Ata Rangi means “dawn sky” or “new beginning”. It is a name that honours our land and reflects the work we do here. Making wine is all about working in sync with the changing seasons and conditions on the land. We strive to craft wines that capture the essence of our place: Martinborough, Aotearoa-New Zealand.
We are a small, family-owned organic winery with a reputation for pinot noir, located at the southern end of the North Island.
Ata Rangi was founded by Clive Paton in 1980. The first vines were planted on a small, stony sheep paddock at the edge of the Martinborough Village. Clive’s sister Alison bought an adjoining block soon after and in 1986 Clive’s partner Phyll Pattie bought a share in the business after moving from Marlborough where she had been working as a winemaker.
42 years on, we continue to work diligently to nurture Ata Rangi’s enviable reputation as one of the new world’s most respected pinot noir producers. Today, Alison Paton heads up day-to-day running of the business, with Helen Masters crafting the wines aided by the vital stewardship of vineyard manager Ian Ewart.
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2019
98 Points — JamesSuckling.com
A complex wine from the outset with gently reductive notes and modern oak spice threading into fresh cherry, spiced bread, rose, forest wood and blood orange, as well as darker cherry notes. The palate tells the full story. This displays real power and definition with clear-cut and powerful tannins. The intensity of the red-cherry fruit is impressive and the way it occupies the finish with length and uplift is the thing that defines great pinot noir per se. Strong vintage. Drink over the next decade.
Ata Rangi Juliet Syrah 2019
96 points — Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
It's gorgeously elegant and inviting on the nose showing white flesh stone fruit, lemon pith, almond meal and subtle vanilla notes, leading to a beautifully focused palate offering pristine fruit flavours with fleshy texture and bright acidity. Splendidly styled and delightfully expressed with excellent persistency. At its best: end of 2022 to 2030.
Ata Rangi Masters Chardonnay 2021
94+ points — Mike Bennie, WineFront
Trying to keep the winemaking simple as possible. Whole bunch pressed to barrel (300L, 30% new), the wine left unsulphured to bottling. Lighter expression than the 2020 – a freshness here, lift, a more delicate touch let’s say. Green melon, green mango, lime juice and nougat found here. Skittish in the palate, tight and zesty with acidity and yet with delightful inward concentration. Feels compact, ready to be born later on. It’s got great mojo.