Karyl grew up in an Air Force community near Wright- Patterson AFB, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University and served as a flight paramedic in the first Gulf War. It was during this time, that she met her future husband, Kevin. Shortly after returning home in 1991, they were married. As Air Force veterans with a growing family, Kevin and Karyl left active duty and moved to Oro Valley, where The Wilhelm’s lived for six years. They fell in love with the Sonoita-Elgin area and in 2003 bought 20 acres in Elgin and began construction of their home, something Karyl likes to call their “butterscotch castle.”
Karyl’s main passion is producing ultra-premium red and white wines. She has won numerous national and international awards. Competitions honoring Karyl’s wines include The International Women’s Wine Competition, The Jefferson Cup, The Arizona Governor's Cup, The Arizona Wine Growers Competition and The Santa Cruz County Fair.