In June, the Oregon Wine Awards announced winners from their 2020 wine competition and not surprisingly Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards took home medals for all thirteen of their entries. Leading the way with Double Gold were the 2015 Rojo Dulce Lot 2 and the 2017 Malbec. Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards was also awarded three Gold Medals for their 2018 Grenache, 2016 Tempranillo Winemaker’s Reserve and 2017 Tempranillo Winemaker’s Reserve. In addition, Reustle was also awarded six Silver Medals for their 2017 Pinot Noir, 2018 Pinot Noir Winemaker’s Reserve, 2018 Riesling, 2018 Syrah, 2017 Tempranillo, 2018 Gruner Veltliner Green Lizard.
Noted for his ability to craft award-winning wines from a variety of grapes, Stephen M. Reustle quickly points out that great wine is made in the vineyard and it all begins with great fruit. He credits his faith in God for the ability to grow great fruit. He also credits diligent research and careful selection of each clone of grape he planted beginning back in 2001 for the success he enjoys today.
Owner/Winemaker, Stephen M. Reustle was quite pleased when he received the news, and commented, “Oregon is a great wine region, and the Umpqua Valley is especially well suited for growing high-quality grapes. It warms my heart to see the fruits of our labor show well in this competition. Each year we see Oregon wines improve and improve. For our wines to show well in this competition is a testament to what we can do in the Umpqua Valley. I am excited with these results and can’t wait to hear feedback from the public… after all the consumers are the ultimate judges ”
Three time Winery of the Year recipient, (Dan Berger International Wine Competition’s 2020 Small Winery of the Year, Winepress NW’s 2017 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year, and Riverside Int’l Wine Competition’s 2010 Small Winery of the Year) as well as 2015 Six Nations Wine Challenge Top Syrah producer, and Riverside Int’l Wine Competition’s 2015 Terroir Award Recipient, Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 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.