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2023 Michigan Governor’s Cup Winner


Michigan Wine Collaborative logoJuly 6, 2023 – The Michigan Wine Collaborative (MWC) is excited to announce the official Michigan Governor’s Cup winner from the most recent statewide wine competition, the 2023 Michigan Governor’s Cup, a partnership with the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI). BTI establishes and advocates for the highest standards in the beverage industry. Their proprietary, ASTM-compliant methodology is so rigorous that it has been vetted and accepted by the National Advertising Department of the Better Business Bureau and used by leading beverage brands as the basis for numerous successful quality-based claims in national media campaigns.
We are excited to announce the official Michigan Governor’s Cup winner for 2023 is St. Julian Winery with their 2020 Braganini Reserve Cabernet Franc. This wine ranked the highest out of 300 entries from 46 wineries submitted to the competition. In addition to this Platinum Medal winning wine, St. Julian also received ‘Best of Category’ recognition for:
Hybrid Red: St. Julian 2020 Braganini GDN Estate Reserve Petite Pearl (Gold Medal)
Fortified: St. Julian NV Solera Cream Sherry (Gold Medal)
Rosé: St. Julian NV BFF Dry Rosé (Silver Medal)
Specialty Wine: St. Julian NV Sweet Nancie Sparkling Peach (Gold Medal)

Wineries and wines with their medal ranks are now listed on the Michigan Wine Collaborative website.
St. Julian Winery and Distillery has been owned and operated by the same family since 1921. Their passion for local farms, 100% Michigan fruit, and the production of quality wine and juice has been upheld for over 100 years. St. Julian’s portfolio of award-winning wines has over 100 products and includes distilled spirits, ciders, and every type of wine from internationally recognized dry wines to award-winning sweet wines, classic dessert wines and wines using innovative wine-making techniques.
MWC is honored to have the opportunity to promote the world class wines made in the state of Michigan through this historic Michigan Governor’s Cup Competition. We would like to formally thank our membership for making this competition and other projects a reality and invite the whole of Michigan wine producers and grape growers to consider joining our organization as well as supplier and vendors to the industry, educators, members of the trade, and all other industry affiliates and supporters. We have many opportunities available for membership and sponsorship of our organization with each allowing us to continue producing projects like the Michigan Governor’s Cup Competition and other promotional initiatives to increase and reinforce the Michigan wine brand.
The Michigan Wine Collaborative is the voice of the Michigan wine industry. Our mission is to enhance the sustainability and profitability of the Michigan wine industry by supporting wineries, growers and other businesses and individuals connected to the industry – today and for future generations. For more information, contact us by reaching out to info@michiganwinecollaborative.com or send us a message on social media.



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