In 1921, our founder Mariano Meconi emigrated from Italy and started a winery in Windsor, Ontario. After Prohibition was repealed in 1933, he moved his business to Detroit, and then in 1936, moved to Paw Paw, MI, where we have operated ever since.
Meconi's son, Gene, and son-in-law, Apollo succeeded him, and eventually, the controlling ownership of the company transitioned to the Braganini family in the 1980s. Apollo's son, David, guided the company until 2016, and his brother, John, from that point forward.
Today, the 3rd and 4th generations of the Braganini family continue the tradition of operating the longest-running, largest, and most-awarded winery in Michigan.
Our winemakers, Nancie Oxley and Kyle Totzke, are considered to be some of the most experienced, creative, and talented in the industry. One of only a handful of female winemakers, Nancie has a wealth of experience and performance and has been with us since 2002. Kyle comes from a Southwest Michigan wine grape growing family that dates back hundreds of years and compliments Nancie as we continue to harvest awards and medals in competitions.
Our cellar and production crews are productive, efficient, and dedicated. With many years of experience behind their belts, they ensure the quality and consistency of our wide range of products.
Our direct to consumer sales channel is one of the most innovative and diversified in the industry. With over 100 products to choose from, we have something for everyone. Wine, cider, juice, spirits, sweet, dry, estate, blends, brandies, etc., you name it. We also boast 6 stand-alone tasting centers and stores around the state and an efficient online store that allows us to ship to most states. Our Wine Club serves thousands of members with creative new small-lot offerings that are shipped to your home quarterly.
Our wholesale footprint includes most of the Midwest states and we continue to develop new relationships with retailers through our distributor partners. In a highly and often saturated marketplace, our products continue to please consumers and our presence in major retail chains continues to grow.
A large winery with as many products and methods of production as St. Julian offers is challenging and complicated.
Our administrative staff brings a wealth of experience and skill to the table and makes sure that our customers, suppliers, and service providers are serviced and managed with the same high quality as our wine.
Our growers are Pure Michigan and provide us with European, hybrid, and native grape varieties, cherries, blueberries, and anything else we can turn into wine, juice, or spirits. All located within 50 miles of the winery in Paw Paw, MI, we work closely with these vinicultural artisans in the relentless pursuit of excellence, diversity, quality, and volume.