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The Midas Touch: Reustle Wins a Staggering 9 Gold Medals at American Fine Wine Competition


ROSEBURG, Ore., Feb 24, 2024 — Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards has announced they have secured an impressive total of 9 gold medals, including 3 Double Gold awards, at the 17th Annual American Fine Wine Competition.

The awarded wines are as follows:

  • 2022 Riesling Enigma: Double Gold
  • 2022 Riesling: Gold
  • 2021 Pinot Noir: Gold
  • 2021 Syrah Reserve: Double Gold
  • 2021 Syrah: Gold
  • 2022 Gruner Veltliner: Gold
  • 2022 Gruner Veltliner Green Lizard: Double Gold
  • 2022 Malbec: Gold
  • 2021 Tempranillo Reserve: Gold

Held in Florida at the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in January, the American Fine Wine Competition evaluated nearly 600 wines. A panel of distinguished judges, including nationally acclaimed wine educators, retailers, sommeliers, and wine writers, meticulously evaluated each entry. Unlike many wine competitions, The American Fine Wine Competition culminates with a comprehensive auction, which has raised over $1,000,000 for charitable causes since its inception in 2003.

Stephen Reustle, Owner, and Winemaker of Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards expressed his gratitude, stating, “We are honored to receive these awards at the American Fine Wine Competition. It reflects the hard work of our team and our effort to produce wines of distinct and outstanding quality. We’re especially proud to participate in an event that recognizes excellence in winemaking and supports charitable causes.”

About Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards

Four-time Winery of the Year… Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards has earned countless awards for its wines including Dan Berger’s Int’l 2020 & 2023 Small Winery of the Year, Winepress NW’s 2017 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year, and Riverside Int’l 2010 Small Winery of the Year. Other noteworthy achievements include Top Syrah at the Six Nations Wine Challenge and securing ‘Best White Wine’ in North America for its 2021 Gruner Veltliner – Green Lizard at the 2023 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Producing roughly 7,500 cases annually, Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards is family owned and 100% estate-grown and produced in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley.