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First winery in Madison County opens for visitors

Owera Vineyards cuts ribbon, opens facilities for business

Owera Vineyards, located at 5276 East Lake Road in Cazenovia, opened its new facilities to the public on Thursday, June 13, and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 14. The owners and staff of Owera gather to cut the ribbon in front of dozens of friends and dignitaries. Pictured from left: Kristie Fondario, director of sales; Peter Muserlian Jr.; Nancy Muserlian, owner; Jane Muserlian, tasting/events consultant, cut the ribbon; Peter Muserlian, owner; and Ben Reilly, director of operations.

Owera Vineyards, located at 5276 East Lake Road in Cazenovia, opened its new facilities to the public on Thursday, June 13, and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 14. The owners and staff of Owera gather to cut the ribbon in front of dozens of friends and dignitaries. Pictured from left: Kristie Fondario, director of sales; Peter Muserlian Jr.; Nancy Muserlian, owner; Jane Muserlian, tasting/events consultant, cut the ribbon; Peter Muserlian, owner; and Ben Reilly, director of operations. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Gene Gissin, chair of the board of directors for the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “It’s a great beginning for really bringing the community new excitement, more jobs and getting us on the map. The spillover [to the downtown village] is probably something we can’t judge yet, but in the long run I think we’ll really see it.”

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Owera Vineyards owners, the Muserlian family, pose in front of their newly-opened production and tasting facility with numerous dignitaries who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 14, including state senators David Valesky and John DeFrancisco, state assemblyman Bill Magee, Cazenovia Mayor Kurt Wheeler and first deputy commissioner of New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, James B. Bays.

Owera Vineyards is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. They offer standard wine tastings (three wines) for five dollars and premium tastings (five wines and a souvenir wine glass) for eight dollars. They also have a café that offers brick oven pizzas, salad, a cheese plate and Mediterranean plate.

Owera’s event center is also available for weddings, corporate retreats and other events. Its first wedding was held Sunday, June 16. They have 15 weddings already book for the remainder of this year, and 20 for next year, said Kristie Fondario, director of sales.

Owera wines can be found in about 30 retail shops in Syracuse and Utica, with a few of their signature offerings currently available only at the winery.

For more information visit Oweravineyards.com or call 815-4311.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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