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The Wine Advocate magazine posits the Newberg business is 'poised to become the next great thing in the Americas'

A Newberg winery recently added one of the industry's top awards to its growing list of accolades.

Rex Hill Winery won the inaugural Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery 'Under the Gun' award at a ceremony held Oct. 30 in New York City. The award is meted by The Wine Advocate, an American magazine headed by Robert Parker, considered one of the industry's top wine critics.

According to a press release from the winery, the award recognizes the Newberg winery as "poised to become the next great thing in the Americas."SUBMITTED PHOTO - A to Z Wineworks co-founder Sam Tannahill accepts the Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery 'Under the Gun' award at a ceremony held Oct. 30 in New York City.

The magazine's editorial team evaluated wineries from throughout North and South America in making the selection.

The history of Rex Hill's ascent into the upper echelon of American wineries began in 2007 when the business was purchased by A to Z Wineworks, also based in Newberg and one of the top wine producers in the state. According to the press release, two of A to Z's founding partners — Cheryl Francis and Sam Tannahill, as well as executive winemaker Michael Davies — reduced Rex Hill's production by nearly 80 percent "to refocus on wines only of the highest quality."

As a result, Rex Hill only produces about 3 percent of A to Z's production of wine each year.

"We are gratified for this recognition from The Wine Advocate affirming out strict pursuit of quality for one of the Willamette Valley's legacy wineries," Tannahill said. These are not wines we 'have to' make, they are wines we have the privilege of crafting. We are truly proud to be one of just eight wineries recognized from the entire Americas region in the first class of Wine Advocate honorees."

Rex Hill Winery has been crafting pinot noir wines for more than 35 years from its location on Highway 99W just east of Newberg. The winery's estate vineyards are farmed using biodynamic principles, including its flagship Jacob-Hart Vineyard.

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