Before the vineyard and winery, Stephen and Gloria Reustle owned a successful marketing company that taught them the value of providing “world-class” product to a loyal customer base. Upon arriving in the Umpqua Valley of Oregon, Stephen carefully mapped out 40 acres of vineyards to be planted. Each variety, clone, and rootstock was carefully selected to match the diverse hillside soil and unique micro-climates. Using only fruit grown from the estate's Prayer Rock and Romancing Rock Vineyards, winemaking is kept to small lots preserving the disctintiveness of each varietal and clone.
And yes, there really is a “Prayer Rock” at the vineyard -- at the top of the south-facing slope is a large rock that was the meeting place for Stephen and his son in the mornings to pray to God for blessing over their vineyard. Not only did this family practice establish the name of the vineyard, but it has kept the Reustle's very busy. Since then, they have bottled approximately 6,000 cases of wine annually, selling out every year.
Being forward about their Christian beliefs hasn’t always brought success.
For the first year of winemaking, the Reustles made 5,000 bottles with corks imprinted “Drink your wine with a happy heart... God approves of this” Ecclesiastes 9:7. Government wine labeling regulators banned them from putting this on their corks. Stephen and Gloria didn't let this set-back get them down for long though, and as the vineyard grew, so did their vision for how to provide the best wine experience possible.
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