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Traditionally, Nouveau is the first wine bottled to celebrate the recent harvest. This year, our farm team harvested 1950.7 tons of grapes in just under two and a half months, so we certainly have a reason to celebrate! Our cellar crew selected some of the best grapes of harvest and has expertly crafted them into the 2017 St. James Nouveau.

After only a few weeks of fermentation, this small batch of excellence will debut Thursday, November 16. This wine is intended to be enjoyed young and, because it is handcrafted in an elite small batch, it is being introduced as a part of the St. James Winemaker Series. Our Winemaker Series selections are available only for a limited time online and in our Tasting Room. Don’t procrastinate ordering or you may miss the opportunity to enjoy them!

The tradition of creating a Nouveau originated in the Beaujolais region of France where the wine would release the third week of November after each harvest. Following in the French tradition, St. James Winery began creating a regional Nouveau 20 years ago from right here in the Meramec Highlands.

Our 2017 debut will begin with our complimentary annual tasting event, Friday, November 17. You are invited to sample this dry red wine from 5 – 7 p.m. in the St. James Winery Tasting Room. Nouveau displays aromas and flavors of black cherries and plums and we will be pairing it with roast beef, black olives, and chocolate covered cherries.

We hope your will join our St. James family and be a part of this tradition and help us celebrate our bountiful harvest!

There’s always something special about the third Thursday in November — Nouveau Day! Get your first taste of St. James Winery’s 2015 growing season with our delicious Nouveau wine today!

This year’s Nouveau is a beautiful dry red is made from a select blend of grapes. The 2015 Nouveau has flavors of black cherry and plums. A beautifully crafted wine, it’s well-structured with a lasting finish.

Nouveau is specially made to be enjoyed young, so it will taste delicious alongside whatever you’re serving on your holiday table. And because our Nouveau is produced in small quantities, fans of this fall wine know to shop early!

St. James Winery is one of a very few wineries in Missouri to make a Nouveau wine, which makes this Nouveau a rare opportunity for wine lovers to get a sneak peek at the grape harvest which just ended. It’s part of St. James Winery’s end of harvest celebration!

Nouveau wine customs date back many years and find their roots in the Beaujolais region of France where Nouveau began as a celebration commemorating the end of the grape harvest. However, in a cash-strapped Europe after World War II, the Beaujolais wineries and winemakers developed a wine style designed to be enjoyed right away, without an extended aging process. When the Nouveau was sent to stores in Lyon, France, for sale on the third Thursday of November a new tradition was born.