St. Julian Wine Company

(269) 657-5568 S 716 Kalamazoo St
Paw Paw, MI 49079
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Mariano Meconi was born in village of Faleria, Italy in 1895. At the age of 13, Mariano emigrated from Italy to Windsor, Ontario Canada. As a young man, after school Mariano worked at the Studebaker auto factory in order to supplement his preferred vocation of wine making. In 1921 at age 26, Mariano founded Border City Wine Cellars, quickly changing the name to the Meconi Wine Company. Following the repeal of Prohibition in December of 1933, Mariano moved his flourishing wine making enterprise across the river to Detroit in 1934. 1936 was the year Meconi moved the family to its present location in Paw Paw, in order to be closer to the acclaimed Lake Michigan Shore grape-growing region. With the move came a new name, The Italian Wine Company. In 1941, during World War II, Meconi strategically countered rising antifascist sentiment in the United States by switching the name of the company once again, from the Italian Wine Company, to St. Julian Winery. In the last name change of the company, Mariano Meconi Read more »

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