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St. James Winery’s 2014 Vignoles won the coveted “Governor’s Cup” trophy at the 2015 Missouri Wine Competition, an event held exclusively for Missouri wineries. This year’s competition received 270 entries, all of which were judged during the two-day event held July 14 and 15 in Columbia, Missouri.

During the competition St. James Winery 2014 Vignoles first won Best Vignoles, topping 30 other Vignoles before moving on to be chosen Best Semi-dry White, then Best of Class, and finally Best of Show.

“We are ecstatic for our vineyard and winery team,” said Andrew Meggitt, St. James Winery Executive Winemaker. “They work hard to ensure the grapes and wine are the best they can be. This honor is the result of great teamwork.”

St. James Winery farms 15 acres of Estate grown Vignoles grapes in the Ozark Highlands AVA of Missouri. Vignoles, a French-American hybrid grape, is Missouri’s premier white varietal.

“This award is very humbling,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “When my mom and dad founded the winery in 1970, their goal was to make wines that reflect our region. The Governor’s Cup recognizes the hard work, research, and development we have invested since the 70s to show the quality of the grape varieties that grow here.”

In addition to the Missouri Wine Competition, the St. James Winery 2014 Vignoles earned top honors in other 2015 wine competitions: Best White Wine at the Riverside International and Best of Class/Gold at the Pacific Rim International. These top awards make it the first Missouri Governor’s Cup winning wine to win not only the top prize in-state but in out-of-state competitions open to international entries.

St. James Winery has won the Governor’s Cup twice previously, in 1997 and 1998, each time winning for their Vignoles.

St. James Winery, the largest and most awarded winery in the state of Missouri, recently placed in the top 15 of the World Association of Wine and Spirits Writers and Journalists annual list of the 100 Top Wineries in the World.

Founded by the Hofherr family in the Meramec Highlands region of Missouri in1970, St. James Winery is celebrating 45 years as a family owned and operated winery. St. James Winery wines are sold in through the Midwest and South. Find the winery online at www.stjameswinery.com.

2014 Vignoles Bottle Shot

2014 Vignoles Tasting Notes


Andrew Meggitt, executive winemaker at St. James Winery, was recently named to IntoWine.com’s list of “Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers.” A native of New Zealand, Meggitt joined the winemaking team at St. James Winery in 2002 and moved to the position of executive winemaker in 2006.

IntoWine.com recognized Meggitt for his work as executive winemaker, work which has consistently placed St. James Winery among the top gold medal awarded wineries in the U.S. The article also noted Meggitt’s stretching the boundaries of traditional winemaking by integrating both old and new-world techniques.

When asked about the recognition, Meggitt said,“I’m very happy to be named to the list, because being on it is better than not being on it. But in truth making wine is such a team effort, seeing just my name up there…, well, it isn’t accurate. Winemaking, at least here at St. James Winery, is more like an orchestra, one in which we all participate equally to create a vast array of music. No one person can play all the instruments at the same time, but together, we can create something very special.”

“Obviously Andrew’s recognition is great for St. James Winery,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery, “but it also boosts awareness of Missouri winemaking as a whole. His inclusion on this list of 100 Influential US Winemakers really draws attention to Missouri as an emerging wine region and the high quality wines we are producing here.”

About St. James Winery
St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrates more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery. St. James Winery’s award-winning wines are sold in stores throughout the Midwest and the South. St. James Winery is online at www.stjameswinery.com.

IntoWine.com
IntoWine.com has made it their goal to aggregate the collective knowledge and experience of the wine community on one site, a site geared purely for those people who are into wine. They have contributors from nearly all walks of “wine life” including sommeliers, chefs, bartenders, waiters, wine industry professionals, wine producers, as well as a gaggle of super enthusiasts. Visit them online at www.intowine.com

Grape harvest is getting closer, and the St. James Winery winemaking staff is checking on the grapes regularly to see how they are doing.  It’s always a guessing game as to when the grapes will be ready, so each year the winery has a Harvest Pool to predict the start of harvest.

Please join our Harvest Pool with your best guess!  Here’s what you need to know:  1) at St. James Winery, we mark the official start time of harvest at the moment the first grapes hit the crush pit, and 2) think late in the day when those sugars get all nice and happy.

The person who picks the date and time closest to the actual harvest start time is the winner!  The lucky person will receive:

  • Official 2013 St. James Winery Harvest Crew T-shirt
  • Opportunity to join Andrew for a private barrel tasting

Go to our Harvest Pool Entry Form and enter your best guess.  Harvest Pool closes at midnight August 4th, so visit us online and enter today!

It’s summertime, and the St. James Winery calendar is filling up with lots of great festivals and events around the heartland and right here at home in St. James, Missouri.

If you’d like to know where St. James Winery will be exhibiting and what special events will take place here at the winery, subscribe to our events newsletter at stjameswinery.com/events.

You’ll be notified of upcoming events like these:

Hope to see you at an event sometime soon!

Strawberries and barbecue!

These are two great ways to herald the arrival of warmer temperatures.  It’s time for outdoor living and entertaining!

Get inspired for the arrival of the summer season when you try these tasty recipes featuring our award-winning St. James Winery Strawberry Wine!

 

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!