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!"

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Customer Testimonials

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