After a number of trips to Europe, Vern and Jenise Vierra brought back ideas of architecture for a new winery. Vern’s grandfather, Joe Azevedo, introduced him to wine making at a very early age. Joe was born on the Island of St. Jorge in the Portuguese Azores. As a tribute to his grandfather, Vern and Jenise decided to name the winery after a place Joe was proud to be from. St. Jorge winery is place that takes you back to old world charm and feel.
Wine making at St. Jorge is a priority over all other business. The goal is to use the best grapes in the Lodi area and make wine the best way. The grapes are choice picked by hand and brought into the winery at day break. The red wine grapes are not crushed and de-stemmed only. Using a Mistral 60 from Vaucher Bequet, maximum clean sorting is accomplished. After final sorting the berries are vacuumed into the tanks with a Francesca Pump .Usually a three day cold soak prior fermentation is used to allow the juice to soak up all the good fruit flavors. Fermentation is started using our chiller to control the temperature. Wine is racked into French oak barrels for about 18 months before bottling.
St Jorge produces mostly Portuguese varietals such as Verdelho, Torrontes, Tempranillo, Tinto Cao, Touriga National, Souzao and Alveralho. We also produce Lodi favorites, such as Zinfandel and Alicante Bouschet. Ports and additional Portuguese blends will be added to the 2010 production.
Please consider St. Jorge Winery for your personal gatherings, weddings, birthdays, anniversary and meetings. They feature Lucia Cello from Italy as our chef. St. Jorge Winery can accommodate 200 guests.
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