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St. Julian Winery Earns Two “Best of Class” Gold Medals

2021 International Eastern Wine Competition

(PAW PAW, Mich) — St. Julian Winery was recently presented a total of 13 medals – including two “Best of Class” Gold Medals – at the International Eastern Wine Competition held in February in Santa Rosa, California. St. Julian was one of just 10 Michigan wineries to participate in the competition, collectively bringing home more than any other state producer. In all, 72 medals were earned by wineries from the Great Lakes State. 

St. Julian’s 2021 medals included: 


2020 Braganini Reserve Late Harvest Vignoles
Sweet Nancie


Solera Cream Sherry
2017 Braganini Reserve Cab Franc
2020 Braganini Reserve Mountain Road Riesling


2020 Braganini Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 
2017 Braganini Reserve Meritage
2020 Winemaker Series Blaufrankisch Rosé
2019 Braganini Reserve Traminette
2020 Braganini Reserve Albariño
2020 Winemaker Series Cinsaut Rose
2019 Braganini Reserve Mountain Road Pinot Noir

Started in 1975, this is one of the oldest and longest-running wine competitions in the nation. Wines in this competition are judged simultaneously in two divisions: International Eastern Wine Competition and the West Coast Wine Competition, with traditional awards given in each division and the “Best of Show” winners moving on to compete in the “East Meets West Taste Off” to determine which wine reigns overall. 

About St. Julian:

For 100 years, the iconic St. Julian Winery & Distillery has been making wine, cider, and spirits in a range of styles to meet every customer’s taste. Now helmed by third and fourth generation Braganini family members, the company is committed to making authentic wine from the Lake Michigan shore. As the largest and best-known winery in Michigan, St. Julian has led the local industry in both innovation and quality from the very beginning. From its wildly popular Red Heron and Blue Heron wines and the Braganini Family Reserve Wines, to its growing line of distilled spirits, ciders and sparkling juices, St. Julian has something for everyone. 

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.