It was breezy but sunny on day 4 in Martinborough.
Ata Rangi was our only visit today before we crossed to Marlborough but what a sensational experience. Without a doubt, one of the best wineries in New Zealand with a phenomenal reputation for Pinot Noir.
Clive Paton is a legend in Martinborough wine history, having pioneered the region in the early 1980’s. He and his wife Phyll, who joined Clive having been a highly successful and rare female winemaker in Marlborough, hosted us again in their tiny cellar door and they are hugely talented, yet very funny double act.
Despite the prestige which their wines have been accoladed with, Clive & Phyll remain totally down to earth and take the mick out of each other mercilessly.
So we tasted their amazing wines through bouts of hilarity and laughter. Fabulous Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and superb Pinot Noirs this was a privilege to enjoy. On top of all the winemaking success, Clive has been awarded the nation’s top honour for conservation and has been appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his contribution to Conservation and Viticulture.
Ata Rangi was a truly memorable occasion.
Off to Wellington and the crossing was once again almost perfect. The Tasman Strait has a reputation for being a notoriously bumpy crossing – not on my tours, it would seem.
The journey through the Marlborough Sounds ranks as one of the most beautiful boat journeys I have experienced.