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Southwest Michigan growers push for notoriety with grape varietals

Wine aficionados look to move past 'juice grape' moniker

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How does one change a local industry’s reputation from provincial to world-class status?

For a small but growing group of Southwest Michigan winemakers, this question is at the front of their minds.


Owner and winemaker Wally Maurer supervises the cold stabilization of wines at Domaine Berrien Cellars in Berrien Springs.


Wines from Domaine Berrien Cellars in Berrien Springs have won numerous awards over the years.


Domaine Berrien Cellars offers a wide selection of wines.


Owner and winemaker Wally Maurer, left, and Jake Nivison monitor the transfer of wine for cold stabilization at Domaine Berrien Cellars in Berrien Springs.


Doug Ruebel enjoys a glass of 2017 Lemberger in the tasting room at Domaine Berrien Cellars in Berrien Springs.

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