Ata Rangi is a wine estate in the Martinborough region of New Zealand’s North Island. It was one of the first vineyards to be established in this area, as founder Clive Platon planted his first vines there in 1980 on what used to be a sheep paddock. The region had been identified as having a relatively similar climate to Burgundy. Pionneer Clive was therefore looking at producing world class Pinot Noirs here. He planted vines using the legendary ‘Gumboot Clone‘, a cut from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti introduced illegally to New Zealand. The beginnings were difficult in this dry and austere climate, but promising, as the wines quickly scored high distinctions and Gold Medals.
Today, Ata Rangi remains owned and managed by the family trio: Clive, wife Phyll (ex-Marlborough winemaker) and sister Alison (former London wine trade). The winery has become one of the most iconic producers of New Zealand, gaining recognition on the international scene. In 2008, Ata Rangi was one of only 5 NZ wineries to be honoured a “five stars: Outstanding” rating by The Wine Advocate. After visiting New Zealand, Robert Parker said: “When I asked winemakers to name New Zealand’s greatest producers, one name kept coming up: Ata Rangi.”
The winery produces a variety of wines: blended and single vineyard Pinot Noirs, single vineyard Chardonnays, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling. A standout wine is the “Celebre”, a locally-uncommon blend of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Find out more with our articles and reviews of Ata Rangi wines below:
Don’t miss our exclusive interview with Clive Platon.
To learn more about Rangi Winery, visit their website at atarangi.co.nz
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