The South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce was pleased to welcome new member Gravity Winery with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 22nd.
Allison & Rockie Rick planted their first crop of wine grapes in Baroda in 1997. When the vineyards were established enough to start producing consistently, the Ricks harvested grapes to sell to wineries around the region. After a few years, they decided to experiment with creating wines of their own, and Gravity Winery was born. The winery opened to the public in 2011 at the vineyards in Baroda. At present, Gravity produces 15 varieties of grapes on 32 total acres, and has about a dozen different wines available at any given time, though the exact varieties and quantities depend on largely on the harvest. “God is in charge,” says Allison Rick.
Gravity Winery’s first off-site tasting room has just opened at 512 Phoenix St. downtown South Haven. Visitors will appreciate the clean, modern tasting room, complete with a sleek bartop made from recycled wine bottles. Many visitors stop in while waiting for their table to become available at one of the downtown restaurants, as a much-needed break during an afternoon of shopping, or a cool stop after a day at the beach. Guests can sample wine and purchase bottles of their favorite variety. Allison says her favorite is the Bubbly. “In life, we all need to celebrate more often,” she says “people think Bubbly is for special occasions, but really it’s for everyday life.”
To learn more about Gravity Winery, check out the website at www.gravitywine.com, call (269) 767-7437 or stop into the tasting room at 512 Phoenix St. in downtown South Haven.