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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.

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

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

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Domaine Berrien Cellars offers a wide selection of wines.

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

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

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