Karma Vista Winery – Michigan
As you approach the winery on the hill, you can’t help but feel you are at home. Our first view is a gated home surrounded by mature grapevines and green landscapes. Once inside, beautiful hardwood floors and a fun atmosphere welcome you into the tasting room. It’s a room bursting with color and life that pulls you in to celebrate life with some good wine and conversation. We met owner Sue Herman who welcomed us in and told us about Karma Vista Winery. Sue and her husband Joe have one of the oldest family run farms in Michigan but one of the newest wineries. They have 90 acres of grapevines surrounding the winery plus 400 more acres just a few miles south of I-94.
We were definitely impressed by the great wine list that included close to 20 wines ranging from dry reds and whites to sweeter, fruitier wines. A good selection and range of all types of wines were on the wine menu so there honestly is something for everyone. You can try a dry Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, sweeter style Rieslings, Roses’, and fruit wines on the white side. Dry reds include a couple nice Merlots, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and a couple wonderful red blends! Plus a few sweet reds for those with a sweet tooth!
Sue recommends her favorite white as the Cha Cha Chardonnay which has nice citrus fruit and a light oak finish. Her favorite red is the Stone Temple Pinot which is a bright, cherry filled Pinot Noir from Michigan. It was perfect! We loved both of those selections but also wanted to recommend two more of our favorites. We really loved the Cote D’Loma which is a red blend of Cabernet Franc, Chancellor, and Chambourcin grapes. Lush and filled with dark berry fruit and an elegant finish. About 1% residual sugar gives it a nice, rich flavor. For the whites, we liked the Coloma Sol which is a semi dry Seyval Blanc that has soft stone fruits and a hint of grapefruit on the finish. Perfect for a hot day relaxing on the patio or in the garden or hot tub! After your tasting, buy a glass of your favorite wine and take it out to the patio which overlooks the vineyards. A nice place to enjoy your wine and good conversation with friends!
Or grab a glass of wine and browse the wine shop connected to the tasting room. Karma Vista Winery has lots of wine related gift ideas for yourself or friends – you are sure to find some wonderful treasures to bring home (we did!). Check out www.KarmaVista.com for more information about their wines, hours, events, and directions. This is a winery that is definitely worth the stop on the way to your Southwest Michigan destination. Or maybe it will BE your destination! It is a fun, hospitable place with fun, positive attitude. Winesplashing!