We want to be clear that we will continue to operate Owera Vineyards, hold a variety of events on the property and contribute to this community and local economy. We are pleased to promote our wine as an integral part of the Cazenovia Beverage Trail, which draws visitors to the area. Out of respect for our neighbors, our events in the tent will have special rules on the use of amplified music, times of operation and service of alcoholic beverages; but we can certainly serve food, as well as Owera wine, Critz’s hard cider and Henneberg/Empire craft beers. This is the right thing to do.
It is a shame that we cannot work together to resolve these problems. We are grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received from customers, clients and community members. Last year, our wine sales exceeded all expectations. Many of our varieties of wine sold out, and our estate wine (made from grapes grown on our farm) won a gold medal at the New York State Fair. We are extremely proud of our employees and their dedication to focusing on our primary business — the making and promoting of our premium New York state wines.
Yes, we have made some mistakes. But our practice has never been to hurt anyone or resort to character assassination when we might disagree. We hope that in the future reasonable and polite voices might prevail in that debate.