Winery takes home Jefferson Cup


St. Julian Winery, founded in 1921, is located in Paw Paw. Photo via

A West Michigan winery recently took home several awards at a national competition.

St. Julian Winery earned top honors at the 18th-annual Jefferson Cup Invitational last month in Kansas City, Missouri. The Paw Paw-based winery was awarded the Jefferson Cup in the White Vinifera category for its 2016 Braganini Reserve Grüner Veltliner.

“We were delighted to receive a Jefferson Cup for our first ever vintage of Grüner Veltliner,” said Nancie Oxley, St. Julian vice president and winemaker. “After hearing great things about this varietal, we planted three acres with grower Ed Oxley in 2015. We knew this grape had the potential for characteristics like Sauvignon Blanc, something we both love, yet different.”

This is the fourth year in a row St. Julian has received Jefferson Cup honors. In 2016 and 2015, top recognition was presented for both its Sweet Nancie and Solera Cream Sherry; in 2014, three honors were given for the 2013 St. Julian Reserve Riesling, 2014 Braganini Reserve Pinot Noir and Solera Cream Sherry.

St. Julian’s 2016 Braganini Reserve Albariño also was a Jefferson Cup nominee and was awarded Double Gold.

Other awards presented to St. Julian were:


2015 Braganini Reserve Chambourcin

Sweet Nancie


Sunset Michcato

2016 Braganini Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Braganini Reserve Riesling

2016 Braganini Reserve Estate Mountain Road Riesling

2016 Braganini Reserve Late Harvest Riesling

2016 Braganini Reserve Traminette

Solera Cream Sherry


2015 Braganini Reserve Cabernet Franc

2015 Braganini Reserve Chancellor

Sweet Revenge

2016 Pinto Grigio

2016 Braganini Reserve Chardonnay


Left Foot Charley Wine and Cider in Traverse City also won the Jefferson Cup Red Vinifera Wine for its 2016 Blaufränkisch.

Jefferson Cup Invitational

The Jefferson Cup Invitational was founded in 1999 in honor of Thomas Jefferson, who not only fathered the U.S. Constitution, but also was a noteworthy figure in America’s culture, culinary (including wine) and agricultural history.

St. Julian Winery

The family-owned St. Julian was founded in 1921. In addition to the winery in downtown Paw Paw, St. Julian operates tasting rooms in Dundee, Frankenmuth and Union Pier.

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