Reustle “Best of Class” at San Francisco Chronicle

For Immediate Release
Ken McGinnis

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2016 Grüner Veltliner “Best of Class” at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 

This year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition bestowed “Best of Class” honors on Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2016 Grüner Veltliner. Also showcasing well for Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards was their 2016 Riesling, 2016 Viognier, and 2014 Rojo Dulce – all winning Double Gold Medals. Reustle also took home Gold medals for the 2016 Grüner Veltliner – S, 2016 Matrix, and 2015 Pinot Noir. In addition Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards received Silver Medals for nine of their other wines.

Obviously pleased with the performance of his wines, Owner/Winemaker Stephen M. Reustle stated, “ The San Francisco Chronicle is always a tough competition and to have our wines show well there speaks highly of the Umpqua Valley.” The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest American wine competition and with nearly 7,000 entries for 35 states, it draws the top 67 wine judges and critics from across the United States.

This year Michael Dunn provided comments on “Best of Class” winners. His tasting notes for Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2016 Grüner Veltliner read, “By this adaptable and vital model, “gruner veltliner” could translate as “fitting for seafood as well as appropriate all on its own.” It is dry, light- to medium-bodied, spirited with peachy fruit and cleansing in its brisk acidity.”

Back home in the Umpqua Valley, Owner/Winemaker Stephen M. Reustle commented that he was encouraged by the performance from the diversity of wines he submitted. He said, “While Oregon has traditionally been known for Pinot Noir, results from competitions like this demonstrate we can produce wine of extraordinary quality across a spectrum of wines. It encourages me to see the professional wine judges award our wines high marks. It reinforces the fact that we are making really good wines in the Umpqua Valley.”

Owner/Winemaker Stephen M. Reustle
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, Winepress NW’s 2017 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year, 2015 Six Nations Wine Challenge Top Syrah producer, 2015 Terroir Award Recipient & Riverside Int’l Wine Competition’s 2010 Small Winery of the Year, is 100% estate grown and produced from 40 acres of steep, hillside vineyards in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley. Family owned and operated since 2001, Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards produces approximately 8,000 cases annually.