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 2020           

James Suckling      Score 98

A beautiful nose of sliced strawberries, crushed cherries, violets, grated nutmeg and a hint of white pepper. Some hibiscus, too. Supremely vibrant and perfumed with fine tannins that run the length of the medium-bodied palate. Textural. Ground spice and fresh fruit are intertwined, providing wonderful depth and complexity. So long as well. Seamless balance. Superb. Sustainable. Drink or hold. 

Ata Rangi McCrone Pinot Noir 2020   

James Suckling      Score  97

A lovely nose of sliced strawberry, grated nutmeg, suede and rose. Negroni. Orange. Medium- to full-bodied with silky, fine tannins. Nuanced and concentrated with an array of subtle spice and herbs decorating the beautifully fresh red berries. Spice. Iron. Rust. Savory undertones provide depth and complexity on the palate and evolve and oscillate as time goes on. Open grain tannins at the end. New single vineyard bottling. Sustainable. Best after 2025. 

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.

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