For many years, one of the greatest proponents of the New York wine and grape industry, and all of agriculture, has been Assemblyman Bill Magee, who chairs that chamber's Agriculture Committee.
But every time I would show him a new, updated map of wineries by county, he would say: How about Madison County!!
This week, Magee will officially have a winery in the country he represents: Owera Vineyards, high on a hill overlooking the east side of charming Cazenovia Lake four miles north of the charming village of the same name.
Owera has actually been licensed, making wine and winning awards for a few years, but the actual facility will open this Friday afternoon.
Located on a 57-acre farm that includes grapes, other fruits and vegetables, the new farm winery includes a 7,200 square foot, state-of-the-art production facility, tank and barrel rooms, and tasting room. An additional 5,200 square foot event center and amphitheater will be the site for weddings, corporate events and private parties.
A few years ago, the first wines produced under the Owera label won several top awards at our New York Wine & Food Classic competition. We expect that to continue, and wish them the best of success. www.oweravineyards.com.