Reustle wins at SavorNW

Reustle wins Best of Class Viognier, Double Gold Grüner Veltliner & Double Gold Grüner Veltliner Reserve…
plus 14 other wines receive medals at Savor NW.

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2014 Viognier earned the “Best of Class” designation at the 2016 Savor NorthWest Wine Competition held in Cannon Beach, Oregon. In addition, Reustle brought home two DOUBLE GOLD Medals – one each for their 2014 Grüner Veltliner- Estate and 2014 Grüner Veltliner Reserve. GOLD Medals were awarded to Reustle’s 2013 Pinot Noir and 2013 Pinot Noir Reserve, with SILVER Medals going to their 2013 Gloria’s Syrah, 2013 Merlot, 2013 Rojo Dulce (Red Port), 2013 Syrah – Estate, 2013 Syrah Reserve, 2013 Tempranillo – Estate, 2014 Grüner Veltliner ‘Smaragd’, 2014 Riesling, and 2014 Riesling ‘Dolium.’ Rounding out the competition with Bronze Medals were Reustle’s 2013 Grenache, 2013 Malbec, and 2013 Tempranillo Reserve.

Competition Judge and writer, Andy Perdue of Great NW Wines headline reads, “Reustle-Prayer Rock dominates at Savor NW Wine Awards.” In total 17 Reustle wines were awarded medals at this year’s Savor NW competition. When asked to comment about Mr. Perdue’s quote, Stephen M Reustle Owner/Winemaker of Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards humbly commented, “It is an honor to receive recognition like this from these discriminating judges. Please understand, winemaking at Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards is a TEAM effort, and we have a great staff supporting all of our efforts here in the Umpqua Valley.”

According to Mr. Perdue, High praise is not new for Reustle, “Earlier this year, Reustle won two double golds and one gold medal at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in California. Last winter, the winery won two unanimous Double Platinum awards at Wine Press Northwest’s year-end best-of-the-best competition. That capped a year in which Reustle won 26 gold medals (or better) at various national and international competitions. The highlight was when Reustle’s 2012 Masada Bloc Syrah was deemed best New World Syrah at the Six Nations Wine Challenge in Australia.”

The full text of Mr. Perdue’s article is available at

While the “Best of Class” designation is a huge victory for Reustle, the DOUBLE GOLD Medals for both their 2014 Grüner Veltliner and 2014 Grüner Veltliner Reserve tell Reustle that he is consistently doing something right with the varietal that he first commercially introduced to the USA. Reustle has earned a GOLD or higher Medal with his Grüner Veltliner every year since he began competing in 2009.

Reustle was pleased with this year’s results, winning 17 medals at Savor NW. Reustle’s history at Savor NW includes previous “Best of Class” designations for his Tempranillo, Malbec, Pinot Noir Reserve, and Syrah. This year adding a “Best of Class” for a white wine, Reustle stated, “It is nice to see the judges appreciate our white wines this year. It indicates the quality of white wines we produce rivals that of our more recognized red wines.”

Returning to the 2016 “Best of Class” Viognier, Reustle’s website describes their 2014 Viognier as “Elegance, power, and definition!!! Juicy-fruit gum and luscious tropical fruit aromas of ripe banana, papaya and pineapple are anchored by a distinctive mineral note. This wine offers a generous mouth-feel… full and round… with a distinctive oily texture that fills the palate and powers its way through a bright, balanced, long, spicy finish with an elegant “kiss” of oak.”

Stephen Reustle writing tasting notes
Consistently receiving praise from wine professionals across through the wine-world, Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards wines are bringing International attention to the Umpqua Valley. Mr. Reustle was quoted in the Feb/March 2016 SOMMJournal saying, “We’re beginning to see there are quality wineries here making world class wines.”

The Full text of the SOMMJournal article is available at
Additional information about Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards is available on their website at

2015 Six Nations Wine Challenge Top Syrah producer, Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards™, 2015 Terroir Award Recipient & 2010 Small Winery of the Year named by Riverside International Wine Competition, 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 annually produces approximately 8,000 cases of more than a dozen different varietals, reserves, and blends. Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards boasts hundreds of medals from major international wine competitions, and a year-round public Tasting Room program; including a sit-down wine and appetizer pairing in its old-world style, underground Wine Cave.