You don’t have to be into wine to enjoy your time at Owera Vineyards. You just have to be up for an experience, one that includes great food, amazing views and good conversation.
That’s the vision of the founding family that planted their vineyard outside the village of Cazenovia in 2008. It was an adventurous endeavor for Nancy and Peter Muserlian at the time.
While this is a lakeside community, it falls outside of New York’s famed Finger Lakes wine region. In fact, Owera was Madison County’s first winery ever.
But, using carefully selected varietals, the farm winery has grown in multiple ways over the years.
“This area does contain a different product [than the Finger Lakes] because of the topography. It can only house certain types of grapes,” Owera General Manager Dawn Schmidt says. “You have to get a cold, hearty variety in order to withstand the temperatures of this region.”
Owera – which translates to “wind and air” – appropriately describes the winter climate here. The grapes – imported from Minnesota with roots capable of withstanding temperatures as low as -40 degrees – have produced plenty of award winners and earned a faithful local following.
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