Anthony Road Wine Co. and Winemaker Peter Becraft have won top honors at the Six Nations Wine Challenge in Australia. Their 2014 Dry Riesling first won Best Riesling, and then was awarded Best White Wine Oct. 5.
Six Nations is one of the most exclusive wine competitions. It is the only recognized wine show in the world in which all of the entries require individual invitation by the judges.
Judges being: Huon Hooke of Australia, Michael Fridjhon of South Africa, Fabricio Portelli of Argentina, Bob Campbell of New Zealand, Jon Bonné of the USA, and Eduardo Brethauer of Chile – Each personally selected 100 wines from his country before they convened in Sydney during August to judge the 600 wines in blind tastings. Only 20 trophies are awarded; one for each of 17 classes, plus Best White and Red, and Best of Show.
Currently immersed in the busiest time of the year at any winery, Becraft is quick to share the praises with Keuka Spring Vineyards’ for winning Best of Class in Aromatic Wines (Non-Riesling) with their 2014 Gewürztraminer. Becraft was surprised by the news. “To be honest,” said Becraft, “after we shipped off the case this summer, I forgot about it.” But he is not surprised by how well the Finger Lakes wines showed. “We know how our wines stand up. We taste wines from all over the world, and we know how our wines compare.”