Posted by: angelareddin | February 25, 2010

Kings of Kiwi – Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa

The Grand Finale Dinner of New Zealand’s Pinot Noir event, held in Wellington announced a new honour to be bestowed upon two of New Zealand’s foremost Pinot Noir producers, Ata Rangi in Martinborough and Felton Road in Central Otago.  Each were given the title of “Tipuranga Teitei o Aotearoa” which translates from Maori as “Grand Cru or Great Growth of New Zealand”.  Presented by Alastair Maling MW, Chairman of Pinot Noir 2010, who said “Known as Tipuranga Teitei o Aoterea, this award recognises those who have taken the time to evolve and develop Pinot Noir.  They are considered a Premium Producer of Pinot Noir; the top echelon and an inspiration to the rest of the industry.  This award is a uniquely New Zealand one, combining terroir with winemaking philosophy and consistent quality.  It can only be achieved with vine age, wine quality and undouubted global recognition”.  Both recipients were initially stunned by the surprise announcement but clearly honoured and humbled.  Attributing their success to their “unique pieces of dirt”, winemaking philosophies and their hardworking, dedicated family teams.  “This came as a complete surprise” said Nigel Greening, owner of Felton Road, who received the award with Blair Walter, winemaker at Felton Road since the beginning.    Clive Paton, Ata Rangi’s founder said “it is extraordinary to reflect back and consider how far we have come in 30 years, yet be aware that this is really only the start of the Journey”.

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