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Domaine Berrien Cellars is proud to announce the release of the first Syrah commercially grown and vinified in Michigan.  One of Michigan’s newest wineries, Domaine Berrien Cellars is located between Baroda and Berrien Springs, in the Lake Michigan Shore Viticultural Area (AVA), and produces all estate wines.

Harvested by hand in September, 2002, and aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, Domaine Berrien Cellars’ 2002 Syrah is made in the traditional burgundy style, with complex spicy overtones and dark berry flavors.  Available for sale only at the winery tasting room, there is a limit on the Syrah of 2 bottles per customer.  Planted starting in 1999, the syrah grapevines have successfully withstood southwest Michigan’s winter weather to date.  The 2003 Syrah is currently barrel aging for a May, 2005 release.

Domaine Berrien Cellars, founded in 2001, produces 8 red wines and 7 white wines, concentrating on northern Rhone varietals (such as Viognier, Marsanne, and Syrah) and other classic northern European varietals (such as Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Merlot).  Set on an 80-acre fruit farm, Domaine Berrien is a family operation, with 18.5 acres currently planted in wine grapes, 8 acres planted in juice grapes, and 24 acres planted in tart cherries.  For more information, contact the winemaker, Wally Maurer, at (269) 473-9463 (WINE).

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