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We can’t stress enough that wine is made in the vineyard, which is why our vineyards are so important to us. Domaine Berrien Cellars is an all estate winery. What does that mean? It means that all of our wines are made only from grapes grown in our vineyards and that all of our winemaking and bottling takes place right here on site as well. This gives us the control over the grapes and we make decisions all during the growing year that maximize the quality (not quantity) of our grapes. This gives us a higher probability of producing the most premium wines.

Our unique site located on one of the highest points in Berrien County, within the Lake Michigan Shore AVA growing region, provides what can be the ideal climate for outstanding wine grapes. The extended growing season and gentle ripening contribute to the characteristics of quality and complexity in our wines. Located on southerly facing hillsides ranging from 900’ to 800’ of elevation, our vineyards are trellised in a north/south direction to provide even sunlight on both sides of the vines, and hold the sun’s heat to allow better ripening of the grapes, especially for red wines.

Our oldest vines were planted in 1992, and we have been adding more grapevines each year as our needs grow. We currently grow 21 different varieties of wine grapes in our 40 acres of vineyards:

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Sauvignon

Chardonnay

Chelois

deChaunac

Lemberger

Malbec

Marsanne

Merlot

Petit Verdot

Pinot Gris

Pinot Noir

Riesling

Roussanne

St. Vincent

Sauvignon Blanc

Seyval Blanc

Syrah

Traminette

Vignoles

Viognier

Winter in the Vineyard:  Soon, we will be beginning the process of pruning the grapevines to get ready for next year’s growing season.  You can see both before & after pruning photos of the dormant grape vines.  All of the wood canes that you see being cut off will grow back in the summer, with new, fresh buds.  While our vineyard team is pruning, they select the 4 best canes to lay down on the trellis wires and cut away the rest.  These renewed canes with the best buds will produce the best grapes for our fall 2018 harvest & winemaking!

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