Many Hands - Peter Becraft

Peter Becraft
Head Winemaker

With an education in Fine Arts and an incarnation as a casting director for a fashion photographer in New York City, it was only natural that Peter would end up becoming a wine maker in the Finger Lakes! Peter was bitten by the the proverbial wine bug and found his life moving quickly in a new direction.

A chance encounter with winemaker Johannes Reinhardt in the Anthony Road tasting room on a slow day in May of 2006 led to a cellar visit. Peter attributes the special tour to his feisty chocolatier wife Cary who boldly asked Johannes what they had to do to get a barrel tasting. The afternoon was spent with talk of German and Austrian wines and free samples of CaryMo Chocolate. As Johannes was walking to the car with the couple he happened to mention that he is always looking for help during harvest. Cary jumped at the opportunity and volunteered her husband! Peter was perhaps to elated to even speak but numbers were exchanged and Peter started that fall and stayed on splitting time between the vineyard and cellar. He moved into a full time assistant winemaking position in 2008. He has worked closely with Johannes ever since hence learning from one of the top winemakers not only in this region but in the United States.

"Finding my voice as a winemaker in a region that is coming into its own has been a privilege. My mission is to respect the quality of our fruit and make finished wines that speak of the vintage and our unique site. I feel that winemaking presents a lifetime of learning in that each vintage is so variable for year to year that there is never time for complacency. The opportunity to become Head Winemaker and continue to make the world class wines that Anthony Road and Johannes have established is a dream, so please don't wake me!"

Other Hands

Ann and John Martini
Winery Owners

Ann grew up in Rochester, New York and the New York City suburbs of New Jersey; John grew up in the same New Jersey suburbs. After working in teaching (Ann) and Peace Corps and business (John), they moved to Yates County in 1973 to grow grapes and raise their family on 100 acres overlooking Seneca L ...more

Peter Martini
Vineyard Manager

Peter Martini grew up on the family farm, working in the vineyards from a young age. He graduated from Clarkson University in 1990 with a BS degree in business management and moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the summer season. Nine years later, after working as an automotive technician for one of  ...more

Elizabeth Witt
Assistant Winemaker

Elizabeth Witt was born in Rochester, NY but spent her childhood summers with her grandparents in vineyards surrounding Keuka Lake. After they retired, the joy of summer days spend among the vines lay dormant until a winery visit with out-of-town family rekindled a nostalgic spark. She enrolled in t ...more

Michael Eighmey
VP of Sales

Michael married into the Anthony Road Wine Company family in 1999 and has literally enjoyed the fruits of others' labor. Slowly but surely he realized that involvement in the family business would be inevitable, and unbeknownst to anyone else he took on the self-appointed, pro bono position of ARWC  ...more

Sarah Martini Eighmey
General Manager

Sarah grew up on Anthony Road, she left for school, adventures and careers elsewhere. In 2013 she left her profession as a registered dietitian to work full time in the family business. Sarah and her husband Mike have 4 children and live in Geneva, NY. Running has been and continues to be a lifelo ...more

Elizabeth Martini Castner
Tasting Room Manager

Liz returned to the winery in July 2013 as Tasting Room Manager after taking time off to raise kids, chickens, ducks and a very weedy garden. She & her husband, Sam live on Keuka Lake's east side, up on the hillside with their 4 children. ...more

Brien Gardner
Assistant Vineyard Manager

Brien started at Anthony Road Wine company in the spring of 2009. He is a graduate of Finger Lakes Community College with an Associates Degree in Viticulture and Enology. Prior to that he was a Financial Services Sales Representative in the Finger Lakes Area. He currently lives in Farmington with hi ...more

Customer Testimonials

"The building itself is unqiue. The tasting room is bright and airy. The wines were very good. We really enjoyed the conversation with the person ..."

"I was a big fan of Anthony road before I visited their tasting room. I am an even bigger fan now. The winery and tasting room area is absolutely ..."

"Anthony Road provides a very nice setting for wine tasting. The fellow manning the bar was very attentive and knowledgeable. We bought several bo..."

"We always enjoy this winery! Tony's Red is always a great try and buy! A definite stop on Seneca Lake!"