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2015 Vignoles Beat Out 308 wines for Missouri Wine Competition’s Top Award

St. James Winery won the prestigious Missouri Governor’s Cup for the second year in a row. Out of seven best-of-class winners, the 2015 Vignoles, a semi-dry white vignoles, took the top award at the Missouri Wine Competition. A total of 308 wines were submitted from vineyards across the state to compete in the premiere competition designed to recognize and promote quality wines made in Missouri.

The winery’s 2015 Dry Vignoles and Friendship School White also won Gold Medals. Additionally, St. James Winery won four Silver Medals and five Bronze Medals for wines entered in other categories.

“We are extremely proud of Andrew Meggitt and his team on this outstanding achievement,” said Peter Hofherr, St. James Winery chairman and CEO. “Over the last three years, the team has won five international wine competitions, two Governor’s Cups and scored a top 14 ranking in the world. These are truly extraordinary accomplishments given the challenging weather patterns we’ve experienced. Without the day-to-day hard work and attention to detail in the vineyards and cellar, these incredible results would not have been achieved.”

2016_governors_cupThe Missouri Wine Competition took place in Columbia, Mo. on July 19 and 20. The competition is judged by the top wine and beverage experts from around the nation. Only Missouri wines are judged in this competition – those that received best-in-class honors were considered for Governor’s Cup.

Missouri’s premier white varietal, the Vignoles, is a French-American hybrid grape. Out of 150 acres of grapes that St. James Winery farms in the Ozark Highlands American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Missouri, 10 percent are Vignoles.

Founded by the Hofherr family in the Meramec Highlands region of Missouri in 1970, St. James Winery, located in St. James, Mo., is celebrating 46 years as a family owned and operated winery. It is Missouri’s largest and most awarded winery. St. James Winery produces 500,000 gallons (225,000 cases) of wine per year and is sold in 18 states and Washington D.C. For more information, visit StJamesWinery.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Welcome to the Wine Frontier, an emerging wine region, a place where new and traditional grape varieties are used in winemaking. The Meramec Highlands of Missouri that St. James Winery calls home are on the wine frontier.

At St. James Winery, 45 years of winemaking in this challenging environment has resulted in consistently excellent — and highly awarded — wines.

Join the adventure in the wine frontier with St. James Winery’s Frontier Selections varietals.

Winemakers Dinner at Sybill’s St. James

You’re invited to Sybill’s St. James for a St. James Winery Winemaker’s Dinner on June 18. The menu features five courses with amazing gourmet foods paired with St. James Winery wines.

See the menu and get event details.

Make reservations by calling Sybill’s at 573.265.4224. Cost is $60 per person.

Wine connoisseurs might not expect delicious wines to come from Missouri — a place that many people see as just another state to fly over.

But because Missouri has unique environmental challenges and opportunities, winemakers use innovative techniques to create exceptional wine. Dedication and continual progress is what sets Missouri’s vineyards apart from those in California, France, and New Zealand.

In this article at Medium.com, Andrew Meggitt discusses why Missouri produces phenomenal wine despite being a less likely place for great grapes to thrive.

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Harvest is in the air, and it’s a great time to be a grape in Missouri because September is Missouri Wine Month!

What better way to celebrate  than with some of your favorite award-winning wines from St. James Winery.

It’s been a banner year for us at wine competitions because our wines have won Grand Champion, Best White Wine, Best Riesling, Best of Class, and gold medals galore.

Whether you enjoy red or white, you’ll find something you love. Whether you enjoy sweet, semi-sweet, or dry wines, you’ll find a wine that matches your tastes. Mix and match  a 12-bottle case to automatically save 10%!

Country White Apple Cake

Apples are getting ripe, so it’s a great time to bake up a moist and delicious fresh apple cake.

Try this fall-favorite. Country White Apple Cake features St. James Winery’s Country White Wine, fresh apples, and pecans, and it’s topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting.

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This month St. James Winery and the Missouri Wine and Grape Board are partnering to celebrate Norton, Missouri’s State Grape.

Norton is a great cold weather wine, so when January serves up a chilly evening, it’s time to grill up some lamb chops, t-bone steaks, or venison loin and pair then with a glass of deep, rich Norton.

St. James Winery’s Norton features aromas of mixed berries mingled with flavors of vanilla, black cherries, blackberries, and pepper.

Our 2011 Estate Norton was recently chosen as Best of Class at the 2013 Grand Harvest Wine Competition.

Steal of a Deal!
In honor of Norton Month, St. James Winery has a special deal on our 2008 Norton during the month of January, or while supplies last.

Cases (12 bottles) of the 2008 Norton are on sale for only $84 per case! This deal applies to case purchases only and cannot be combined with other offers. Stop by the Tasting Room for this Tasting Room Only special!

St. James Winery and the Missouri State Parks Foundation have partnered to create a series of wines that celebrate the state’s exquisite state parks and help provide for their future. The first two Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines, Johnson’s Shut-Ins Red and Montauk White, will be available online at www.MOStateParksWine.com October 10 for $19.99 a bottle and at StJamesWinery.com.

All proceeds from the Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines will go to keep Missouri State Parks strong and sustainable.

A limited amount of each wine has been bottled, making these true collector’s items. The Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines feature bold, specially designed labels inspired by vintage travel posters promoting breathtaking destinations. Future bottlings will showcase different Missouri state parks.

“We are pleased to help contribute to the preservation and sustainability of Missouri’s great state parks,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “Our hope is that this collection will raise awareness of one of the finest parks systems in nation and the mission of the foundation.”

Proceeds from sales will go to the Missouri State Parks Foundation’s endowment, which provides funds to assist Missouri’s award-winning state parks system stay a place for Missourians recreate and connect with nature, friends and families.

“The Parks Foundation jumped at the opportunity to work with a leader in Missouri’s wine industry to promote our state parks and historic sites,” said Sam Phillips, president of the Missouri State Parks Foundation. The fruit of this partnership will be the joy of park visitors for years to come.”

Johnson’s Shut-ins Red, a 2012 Norton, is a dry red wine with a fruity nose of plums and red cherries with dynamic flavors of black cherries and blackberries.

Montauk White, a 2012 Seyval, is a dry white wine with aromas of melon and grapefruit with bright acid that accentuates crisp lemon, green apple and slate flavors.

About St. James Winery
St. James Winery, located in St. James, Mo., is the state’s largest winery and is dedicated to sustainable practices and ensuring Missouri’s state parks stay both vibrant and viable.

About the Missouri State Parks Foundation

The Missouri State Parks Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2001 for the purpose of helping Missouri State Parks in its mission of providing unparalleled recreation and education opportunities for Missourians.

St. James Winery has been on the road this summer and fall at events all over the Midwest.  Thanks to everyone who has stopped by our booth! We love getting to know you better and sharing our wines with you.

Visit our Events Section online to see what’s been going on. We have updated photos from:

If you see yourself in the photos go ahead and give us a comment. We also love it when you tweet, pin, and share!

St. James WInery Wine Pouches

It’s back to school time — Friendship School wine time!

For years people have loved St. James Winery’s Friendship School White and Friendship School Red wines for their high quality and great value.

But they’re also a perennial favorite because of their versatility. Here are some of our favorite ways to indulge in these two delicious wines.

    • Enjoy them before dinner with spicy peanuts or crackers and cheese or barbequed wings.
    • Add them to your favorite dishes when the recipe calls for a semi-sweet red or white wine.
    • Give food-friendly Friendship School Red or Friendship School White a place on your table to complement your meal.
    • Savor these award-winning wines all by themselves to unwind at the end of a long day.
    • Now that these two great wines are available in 1 liter pouches, take them along in their on an outdoor outing picnic or hike.

And here’s a Cook’s Tip: our wine pouches are also great for at-home use keeping because wine stays fresh for up to a month after opening!

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When your livelihood comes from the earth, which is the case with viticulture, then every day is Earth Day! Face it, if it weren’t for the good earth, there wouldn’t be any wine…and wouldn’t that be dreadful!!!

Here at St. James Winery we’re especially excited about Earth Day this year because it’s only been in the last few days that springtime has (finally!) arrived in the vineyard. The vines are sprouting shoots and we’ll have little baby grapes there in just a little while.

Get outside, stoke up the fire pit, and pour a glass of your favorite wine.

Looking for some super-grapey goodness?

Feel the need for fresh berry deliciousness?

Have a hankerin’ for orchard-ripened fruitiness?

Here’s to you, Mother Earth!

Now head on over to our online store — stock up on a few bottles, and do some good while you’re at it — our End Early Childhood Hunger is still going on!

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Cynthiana Ozark Highlands Dry Red Wine - St. James Winery Missouri
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Country Red Sweet Wine - St. James Winery Missouri
Country White Sweet Wine - St. James Winery Missouri
Friendship School Red - Semi-Dry Red Wine - St. James Winery Missouri
Friendship School White - Semi-Dry White Wine - St. James Winery Missouri
Riesling Semi-Dry White Wine - St. James Winery Missouri