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Owera Vineyards improves with age

Cazenovia’s first winery awarded grant, plans for expansion

Owera Vineyards Director of Operations Ben Reilley holds two of the winery’s most popular products, a bottle of Cazenovia Blush and semi-dry Riesling, Jan. 20 at Owera’s location in Cazenovia.

Owera Vineyards Director of Operations Ben Reilley holds two of the winery’s most popular products, a bottle of Cazenovia Blush and semi-dry Riesling, Jan. 20 at Owera’s location in Cazenovia. Photo by Pierce Smith.

“When you look at all the other regions, a lot of their [grant applications] were based on projects that were either publicly-funded or very heavy on the public sector,” Reilley said. “This particular region did a really good job of identifying where private money had already been invested. We have a lot to offer in this area.”

Owera Vineyards was the first winery to open in both Cazenovia and Madison County. The winery sits upon 57 ½ acres in Cazenovia and utilizes a multitude of grapes grown on more than four acres of Cazenovia soil, as well as areas within the Finger Lakes. Having already won numerous awards for their popular wines, Owera has plans to develop a new table-white wine for consumers, similar to their “Owahgena Red.” Reilley, a Skaneateles native, moved to Cazenovia with his family last year.

For more information on Owera Vineyards and their many accolades, visit their website, oweravineyards.com, or call 815-5026.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com

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