St. James Winery Wins Three Jefferson Cups


The results from the 15th annual Jefferson Cup Invitational wine competition are in, and St. James Winery won an impressive three Jefferson Cups out of the total 38 that were awarded. The winning wines for St. James Winery are 2013 Semi-Dry Vignoles, 2012 Estate Norton, and Friendship School White.

The Jefferson Cup Invitational is distinctive among wine competitions because it is the only invitational wine competition to honor the best of the best among wineries from all of America’s wine regions. This year more than 740 wines from 25 states were invited to participate.

“What is particularly exciting about the Jefferson Cup results is all the grapes that make up these wines were locally grown in our vineyards here in the Ozark Highlands American Viticulture Area (AVA),” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “In the wine industry people have started calling the Jefferson Cup the Olympics of wine competitions because the competition is by invitation only. Winning with three Jefferson Cups when you’re up against the best of the best is a great honor.”

At the Jefferson Cup Invitational, St. James Winery also won a Medal of Excellence (equivalent to a gold medal) for Friendship School Red, and Medals of Merit (silver medals) for St. James Winery’s 2013 Pioneer Red, 2013 Pioneer White, 2013 Cynthiana, Riesling, and Moscato.

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Celebrating more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery, St. James Winery wines are sold in stores throughout the Midwest and the South. St. James Winery is online at
The Jefferson Cup Invitational was founded in 1999 in honor of Thomas Jefferson, who fathered the United States Constitution, helped champion the international concept of human rights, and was a seminal figure in America’s cultural, culinary (including wine), and agricultural history. The 15th Annual Jefferson Cup Invitational took place on November 20 and 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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