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St. Julian scores 16 Medals including a double Gold

Judgement of Michigan Wine Competition

PAW PAW, MI – Michigan’s largest and longest operating winery, St. Julian Winery, brought home 16 medals last month from the first ever Judgement of Michigan wine competition presented by the Michigan Wine Collaborative and Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor.

The event brought together 21 judges – referred to as “The Judging Squad” – including a blend of restauranteurs, media, retail and wholesale representatives from around the state and country to evaluate over 350 Michigan wines from about 45 local wineries.

“MWC focused on selecting wine professionals which represented our vision of what the wine industry looks like on the ground,” according to Executive Director Emily. “Diverse career paths, lifestyles, backgrounds, and impact in the wine industry.” Some judges experienced Michigan wine for the first time during this competition, bringing their “super fresh palates and really fresh, new perspective” to the event.

Judges awarded a total of eight Double Gold medals, 33 Gold, 58 Silver and 76 Bronze medals during this inaugural competition. Of those, St. Julian claimed one Double Gold, three Gold, seven Silver and five Bronze to add to its impressive award portfolio – more than any other winery in the competition.


Solera Cream Sherry


2020 Braganini Reserve Lake Harvest Vignoles

2020 Braganini Reserve Serious Rosé

2020 Braganini Resererve Sauvignon Blanc


Cock of the Walk

Sweet Nancie

2020 St. Julian Reserve Pinot Grigio

2020 Braganini Reserve Grüner Veltliner

WS Blaufränkisch Rosé

2020 Braganini Reserve Porpetto

2020 Braganini Reserve Traminette


2020 WS White Cabernet Franc

2020 Braganini Reserve Mountain Road White Blend

2020 WS Harvest Select Vidal/Vignoles

WS La Crescent/Traminette

2020 Braganini Reserve Mountain Road Rosé

“While we regularly participate in wine competitions around the country, it is an honor to be recognized here at home – especially within our own AVA region,” notes Nancie Oxley, Vice President of Winemaking at St. Julian. “This competition also provided us the opportunity to have our wines tasted by some who may not be familiar with our products as well as introduce our wines to a broader sector within our industry.”

Earlier this year, St. Julian was presented with 6 Medals at the 14th Annual American Fine Wine Competition, 15 medals at the 2021 International Women’s Wine Competition; 8 medals at the 2021 Experience Rosé Wine Competition, and 13 medals – including two “Best of Class” Gold Medals – at the International Eastern Wine Competition.

St. Julian, which is distributed in five states outside of Michigan, currently operates six tasting rooms within the state – Paw Paw, Dundee, Frankenmuth, Troy, Rockford, and Union Pier.

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