St. Julian Winery Earns Two “Best of Class” Gold Medals at 2021 International Eastern (East Meets West) Wine Competition

 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


            Light Solera Cream Sherry


2017    Braganini Reserve Cab Franc

2020    Braganini Reserve Riesling – Mountain Road Estate


2020    Braganini Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

2017    Braganini Reserve Meritage

2020    Winemaker Series Blaufrankisch Rose

2019    Braganini Reserve Traminette

2020    Braganini Reserve Albarino

2020    Winemaker Series Cinsault Rose

2019    Braganini Reserve Pinot Noir – Mountain Road Estate

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.