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Our people are what make us special, and we’d like you to meet them!

 

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Kerri Walvort

Kerri was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI where she graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in special education.  After college she moved to Colorado Springs where she ran an autism program at a middle school on Fort Carson.  Kerri now lives in St. Joseph where she works as a special education teacher for Berrien RESA’s autism program.  She has always been interested in the world of wine and is excited to be a member of the DBC team!  In her spare time, Kerri enjoys the outdoors (camping, hiking, kayaking) as well as cooking, horseback riding, gardening & cross stitching.  Kerri’s favorite Domaine Berrien wines are the Marsanne, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc.

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Tyler Wirick

Tyler was born in Elkhart, IN, but was raised in Venice, Florida.  He returned to Elkhart when he was 16 and joined the U.S. Coast Guard at the age of 19.  He was in the U.S. Coast Guard for 7 years and spent most of the time in St. Ignace, MI, guarding the straits.  Tyler's job during that time was Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, and light house technician.  Tyler graduated from Lake Michigan College with a degree in Viticulture and Enology.  Tyler enjoys spending time with his daugher, Madison, and their 4 hens.  In his spare time he enjoys camping, boating, and exploring any Michigan west coast town.  Tyler's favorite Domaine Berrien wines are the Syrah and Dry Traminette.

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Sherry Ellis

Sherry is orginially from Lockport, IL where she worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years.  When her husband Rich retired, they decided to move to their favorite vacation spot - St. Joseph, MI!  Sherry and Rich have two grown children and two grandsons who love to visit and go to the beach!  Sherry and her husband have a deep love for traveling and wine. She loves helping people and matching them with their favorite wine! When not working at Domaine Berrien, Sherry is still working part time as a nurse at Lakeland Regional Hospital.  Sherry's favorite Domaine Berrien wines are Viognier and Cabernet Franc.

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Amy Birk

Amy was born and raised in nearby St. Joseph, MI and has returned to the area after attending Marquette University where she earned her Bachelors in Chemistry.  She also recently earned a degree from the Viticulture & Enology program at Lake Michigan College.  She loves the outdoors and spending time on her family farm with their pigs and chickens.  In her free time Amy enjoys playing rugby, watching football and crocheting.  Her favorite Domaine Berrien wines are Cabernet Franc and Viognier. 

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Breena Dubuque

Breena is originally from California, where she met her husband Jake. After moving many times, they settled in Berrien Springs with their 2 children.  They enjoy boating on Lake Michigan, hiking, kayaking, and playing with their 2 dogs. Breena also enjoys painting and hosting paint parties.  Though she enjoys many Domaine Berrien wines, her favorites are the Lemberger, Dry Traminette, and White Satin.

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Luis Escobar

Luis immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, and is our vineyard foreman. Luis and his wife Tammy live here in Berrien Springs with their three children, Brianna, Caitlyn, and Luis, Jr. When Luis is not working, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and attending his children’s school events. Luis' favorite Domaine Berrien wine is Pinot Noir.

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Katie Maurer

Katie grew up in Kalamazoo, finally settling in the Berrien Springs area after retiring from her construction scheduling job to start her second career – running the winery! Katie is a University of Michigan graduate and is proud to cheer for the Wolverines! Go Blue! When not at the winery, Katie loves walking with her dogs thru the vineyards or sitting on the deck with a glass of wine, bird watching. Katie’s favorite Domaine Berrien wines are the Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Marsanne. Drink White!

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Wally Maurer

Wally is originally from Shaker Heights, OH. After giving up his corporate career as a purchasing manager, he settled in Berrien Springs to pursue his true passion – growing grapes and making great wine! He loves being outdoors working in the vineyards, or talking to guests about what we do and how we make such excellent wine. When not at the winery, Wally can be found fishing or hunting. His favorite Domaine Berrien wines are the Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Crown of Cab. Drink Red!

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Baco Noir   2002 - 2015

Sweet Baco, our first winery dog! Anyone who is a regular at the winery knew and loved Baco. Baco was our larger than life Black Lab. He had three main passions in life: playing ball, eating anything anyone dropped, and sleeping in the back room. Baco was a celebrity, having been featured in the “Wine Dogs of America” book on page 306! Baco did not have a favorite Domaine Berrien wine – he loved them all!  Baco passed away on February 13, 2015, but will always be a part of our winery.  RIP Baco Noir.

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Mocha

Mocha is our loveable winery barker – part Akita, part Terrier, and lots of other parts unknown! He is very sweet & loving, but he thinks it is his job to guard the back room. We think some agility training or Frisbee catching might be in his future! Mocha has taken his new role of big brother very seriously, and wrestles and plays chase with his new fur brother Maxwell.  Mocha's favorite wine is Viognier or whatever is in Wally's glass!

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Maxwell

We have lovingly nicknamed him "Maxwell Smart, Agent 86."  Maxwell is the newest addition to our winery family.  He is part Golden Retriever, part Terrier/Boxer and 100% adorable!  He was adopted at 10 weeks old and is keeping all of us on our toes while he learns his winery manners.  Maxwell has mastered swimming and stick chewing and his new skill is drinking Grandma's Red when it drips out of the dirty wine glasses in the dishwasher!

 

 

Mocha is our most recent addition to the Domaine Berrien family – part Akita, part Terrier, and lots of other parts unknown! He is very sweet & loving and is currently learning his winery manners from his big “brother” Baco. We think some agility training or Frisbee catching might be in his future! Mocha is still too young to drink, so we don’t know which wines are his favorites yet!

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