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St. Julian Wins 16 Awards at the Judgement of Michigan Wine Competition

Including a Double Gold Award

(PAW PAW, Mich) — Michigan’s largest and longest operating winery, St. Julian Winery, brought home 16 medals earlier this 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 Reserve 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 awards at 14th Annual American Fine Wine Competition, 15 awards at the 2021 International Women’s Wine Competition; 8 awards at the 2021 Experience Rosé Wine Competition, and 13 awards – including two “Best of Class” Gold Medals – at the International Eastern Wine Competition.

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 Sweet Revenge and Envy wines to the Braganini 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.