Erich Berg - Biography
After a lively career in Chicago’s fine-dining restaurant scene, Erich moved to Oregon in 2004 to learn how to make wine. Erich’s first harvest was at the esteemed Domaine Serene, a place of high standards and expectations in the cellar; a great place to learn the art of winemaking.
After three years at Serene, Erich had to have reconstructive hip surgery. This ultimately ended his winemaking career. So, while convalescing, he got his Master’s degree and became a high-school English teacher. This lasted six good years. But winemaking kept calling; Erich missed it.
Thankfully, Erich’s good friend Brad owned Illahe Vineyards, and in a short time, Erich became the Associate Winemaker, where he spent three years making low-interventionist, terroir-driven wines.
As his winemaking experience deepened, Erich had the opportunity to work at Day Wines, a leader in the Natural Wine movement in Oregon.