Wines From Martinborough New Zealand
Thinking People, Thoughtful Wines

Autumn 2010 Newsletter 

Thirty Glorious Years

2010 marks 30 years since plantings began in Martinborough. In only three decades, Martinborough has transformed from a sleepy colonial town to world-class wine village, taking an enviable, attention-grabbing collection of international awards from 1990.  Leading international wine media and other influencers helped celebrate this Pioneering Perfection achievement ahead of the Pinot Noir Conference in early February.  Click here for more details.    

Local Pinots Rated Highly

Matthew Jukes is one of the UK’s best-known wine critics, and has recently published his third Classification of New Zealand Pinot Noir, based on the five most recent vintages.  Martinborough rates very highly, with five local wineries scoring 4 and 5 stars and another two awarded 3 stars.  Click here for more details.

Small Winery Success

Kai Schubert of Martinborough’s Schubert Vineyards is thrilled that his pinot noir made it into Matthew Jukes NZ Classification of Pinot Noir Producers, as one of the top 23 wines.  The Schubert 2007 Syrah was also included in Matthew Jukes’ NZ top 60 Wines after tasting it in London in January.

See here for the full list, which also includes Ata Rangi, Escarpment and Palliser Estate from Martinborough, and Gladstone Vineyard from the nearby Gladstone sub-region.

Vintage Trade Day coming

Tuesday 20 April – that’s the date to set aside for the very popular ‘Vintage Trade Day’, and you can register now.   Key trade representatives from the restaurant and hospitality industry throughout New Zealand relish this chance to experience the real live harvesting of grapes that will go on to become wines served in their restaurants and stores, for a fascinating day and a very personal connection with fine Martinborough wines.  Click here for more details.

If you are in this business, please email to register your interest.  The emphasis will be on attracting key trade from core markets Wellington and the Wairarapa, as well as growth potential markets around the country. The event provides an extremely rare opportunity for key trade to get ‘hands-on’ with the winemaking process, and past feedback has been extremely positive.

Surprise Honour for Ata Rangi

Founding Martinborough winery Ata Rangi owners Clive Paton and Phyll Pattie were “knocked for six” when Ata Rangi was awarded the title of Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa or Grand Cru or Great Growth of New Zealand at the grand finale gala dinner of New Zealand’s Pinot Noir 2010 event.  

The new award “recognises those who have taken time to evolve and develop Pinot Noir. They are considered a Premier Producer of Pinot Noir; the top echelon and an inspiration to the rest of the industry”.  Ata Rangi and Felton Road (Central Otago), arguably producers of New Zealand’s most highly regarded Pinot Noirs, received the inaugural accolade from Pinot Noir 2010 Chairman, Alastair Maling MW.  Click here for more details.

Goodbye and Hello

Goodbye for 12 months to Rachael Fletcher, who has taken a year’s maternity leave, and hello to Kaylene Moore who is taking over the reins.  Her cellphone number is 021 586 278,  email

Kaylene’s interest in wine started with well-known Scenic Cellars, with mentor and then owner Peter Taylor, after completing national trade qualifications in wine.  After a sales and marketing career that includes the event and hospitality and IT/telecommunications industries, Kaylene is “thrilled to have the opportunity to work in such a wonderful part of the country among some of the best winemakers in the world.

“I’m excited about this role, and helping to make sure all our events not only run successfully, but bring fantastic value for all those concerned.  I’m also excited about being in this beautiful district, with its unique mix of rural lifestyle and sophisticated wine and food.  I will be getting out and about a lot, to make the most of my time in the district,” she says.

Our very best wishes to Rachael, Duncan and Milly for their expanded family.