In Maori, Ata Rangi means ‘dawn sky’ or ‘new beginning’. It’s symbolic of a fresh start back in 1980, when Clive Paton took a punt planting vines in a stony paddock in Martinborough, in the southern Wairarapa valley.
Clive’s endeavour was strengthened early on by his wife, Phyll and sister, Ali Paton and today Ata Rangi remains a family-owned, tightknit team and business.
Winemaker Helen Masters and Vineyard Manager Gerry Rotman use organic principles and traditional, hands-off techniques to create the best possible expression of season and terroir. Ali and Pete Monk handle the general business affairs that help see the wines represented in around 30 markets.
Certified organic since 2014, a focus on sustainable farming practices is a guiding principle across all aspects of the business. Ata Rangi produces a range of wines, with Pinot Noir undoubtedly the flagship. In 2010 it was honoured with the inaugural Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or “Grand Cru of New Zealand.”www.atarangi.co.nz