STRASBOURG, France — Judges at the prestigious Riesling du Monde competition this year awarded 63 gold medals. However, despite the rise of Rieslings in America, particularly in the Finger Lakes, only one went to an American entry.
Anthony Road Wine Company‘s 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling Martini-Reinhardt Selection was awarded a gold medal.
By country, 38 Golds went to France, 16 to Germany, 3 to Austria, 2 each to Hungary and the Czech Republic and 1 each to South Africa and the U.S. Riesling originated in the Rhine Valley and Moselle regions, believed to have been cultivated there since Roman times.
Anthony Road was founded by Ann and John Martini. Their first wines were made from the 1989 grape crop and released in 1990. Their vineyard manager is son Peter, and their winemaker is Johannes Reinhardt, a native of Germany whose family boasts that it has been in the wine business since 1438.
The winery is located at 1020 Anthony Road in Penn Yan, NY. Phone: (800) 559-2182.
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