Families Behind St. Julian Winery

Families Behind St. Julian Winery

Let's raise a glass to Paw Paw. We're proud to support St. Julian Winery, a local Michigan business since 1936. It's our state's oldest winery, and one of the largest. 

David Braganini

David grew up picking grapes after school. He's the fourth generation family business owner and president.  David's Italian immigrant grandfather, Mariano Meconi, founded St. Julian in 1921 in Windsor, Ontario. Meconi moved his business to Detroit after the repeal of prohibition in 1934, and then to Paw Paw in 1936 to be closer to the vineyards.

 

Dan Nitz

Nestled in hills not far from Lake Michigan, St. Julian's vineyards span over 400 acres. The grapes are managed by Dan Nitz, the fourth generation grower in his family. His family started growing grapes in Southwest Michigan in the 1940s for Welch's. 

 

 

Nancie Corum-Oxley

Nancie transforms those grapes into award-winning wines.  She's Michigan's first female head winemaker and has been with St. Julian since 2002. Together, they continue the family tradition of transforming grapes into wine.

 

Ready to try St. Julian's wine?

Here's our Wine Consultant's Top 5 Picks:

Simply White

A great white for relaxing out on the deck. It’s sweet, soft, smooth and easy to drink, with ripe peach, citrus and honey flavors. Serve chilled.

 

 

 

Cock of the Walk 

A medium dry blend of about 10 different grapes. Some are well-known, like Merlot and Cabernet, and some are hybrid. These hybrids thrive in the cold climates of the Great Lakes region. This is a wine to crow about and serve as a perfect accompaniment to grilled foods.

 

Founder's Red

This red blend is a tribute to founder Mariano Meconi. It is fresh and fruity without being sweet, yet earthy and full bodied. Chill and sip it with grilled brats, or pasta with a meat sauce.

 

 

Red and White Heron

The popular Red and White Heron wines are lush, fruity and sweet, which makes them refreshing, but both have the familiar tartness that one would expect from a good wine. Serve both red and white chilled. They also make great wine coolers, just pour over ice with a splash of club soda.