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“Pinot Noirs which beat California wines in California”

St. Joseph Vineyard
Ranked #4 of 15 things to do in Madison
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Anna, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Pinot Noirs which beat California wines in California”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

This was second visit to St Joseph's which is run by an Engineer who said WHY NOT when it came to Pinot Noirs as well as other grapes - Sangiavase grapes. My wife and I talked to one of the owners for 1/2 hr while tasting the wines. She spent allot of time explaining some of the special things which needed to be done with the Pinot Noir Vines and Grapes. We discussed the Silver Medals which they won in California - 400 Pinots awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze out of 3000 entries. I asked if there was any differences between St Joe's and West Coast - she stated it was mainly sugar content, St Joe's had none while West Coast usually has some residuals which is what the judges likes.
One thing she stated was the grapes used in their wine they grow not like some of the wineries which they call KIT Wineries who buy their grapes.
Only sad thing, we should have save more money for their wine since their winery was 2nd last place and we bought quit a bit. We have 3 wineries which are have to if we get up there again - this being one.

Visited August 2013
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Very nice and Great wine”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is a very nice vineyard and they have great wine. They also had some very good specials on wine. I would highly recommend.

Visited July 2013
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Madison, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful!!”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

My wife and I go to St. Joseph's a few times every summer. The setting grounds are beautiful and it is definitely a winery to spend time at.

Visited June 2013
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Antalya, Turkey
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great wine, great service!”
Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

This branch of St. Joseph's Vineyard has been open for 3 years and what a place it is! The employee who helped us was super friendly and even shared which foods she would recommend pairing with which wines. All tastings were free, which was great! The Chardonnay was a nice, buttery, dry wine and the Sangiovese was fantastic.
The winery also lets you bring in your own food, which we loved. However, if you don't have your own food then they have cheese platters for a very reasonable price! Overall a very great experience.

Visited August 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Pleasant experience”
Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Very friendly and knowledgable staff. They had a wide variety of wines and we were pleasantly surprised by the attendants knowledge of their wines and the wine making process. This a great stop to make!

Visited August 2013
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Thank Dan_the_Rob
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