Peter toiled under the tutelage of Johannes Reinhardt, the dashing, captivating, star winemaker of Anthony Road for many years, whose career seems set totally on "ascend", and who was one of the featured characters in Evan Dawson's SUMMER IN A GLASS, a world wide wine hit!
Johannes Reinhardt, a German native, was born in the little village of Franconia, 80 miles east of Frankfort. Johannes grew up in a family that has been in the wine business since 1438. He has been in the vineyards and wine cellars all his life and his attraction to wines and winemaking began at a very early age. He joined Anthony Road in 2000.
Johannes issued forth a string wines at Anthony Road that scored high-80s and low-90s, and brought prestige not only to his house, but to the region. It was not unusual to see Johannes and Peter deep in conversation. Whether walking a trade show together or at a viticulture or winemaking conference, the two could be seen stepping at a lively pace, like two physicists discussing some exciting new theory. Reinhardt is now starting his own winery, Kemmeter, and so the transition between a legend and his understudy began. That said, and as happy as I am for Peter, there is no denying that Johannes' shadow casts tall and long over the winery he brought such fame to. It will take a string of many more successful vintages before Peter will finally emerge on his won. That said, I do not think he could have been better prepared. He could not have found a better teacher. And of course, Johannes is not really going anywhere. He will remain a consultant with Anthony Road, while situated across the street at his own winery. It is the best of both worlds for owners John and Ann Martini.
Their children, Peter, Sarah, Maeve and Elizabeth, have been involved in the vineyard and winery throughout their growing years and beyond. Peter, is the vineyard manager at Martini Vineyards.
Read the piece I wrote about the wine camp four years later...I still wasn't in the wine business yet...LOL: