Welcome to Owera Vineyards!
As Madison County's first vineyard, the 57-acre farm and vineyard include a state-of-the-art building which houses a rustic yet chic tasting room and a wine production facility. Within the vineyard an amphitheater and event center have been built, with an adjoining tented facility and pergola space. The staff at Owera looks forward to welcoming patrons for tastings, informative tours, and memorable events.
The vineyard symbol on all our wine labels is Ruby, the hummingbird. She stands tall on Owera's building and promises visitors a Viva Ruby Time!
Owera Vineyards has Officially Opened!Owera Hours Tastings & Café
The Owera Experience
"Upon entering the production barn/tasting room, the rustic chic feel runs consistently throughout the building. The rich flavor is characterized by our feature piece, the 200 year old white oak custom bar with exposed natural edge. It’s rudimentary wrought iron strapping is complimented by the rustic beams and tile-embroidered brick oven. The warm ambience is enhanced by the eclectic chandeliers and stained concrete floors."
- Maggie Borio
East Lake Designs
"I think Owera Vineyards is a breath-takingly beautiful vineyard and farm nestled in the Cazenovia countryside boasting an award-winning wine portfolio. Once you enter the long, winding road to the farm vineyard, you will feel all your stress disintegrate as you pass by ponds, apple trees, vines, and an organic garden. Once inside the Tasting Room, it's not all about the wine but about the entire experience for your visit."
- Nancy Muserlian
Our vineyard consists of 4 acres and is a combination of Minnesota cold hardy varietals, Frontenac Gris (think Riesling with pineapple overtones) and Marquette (a clone of Pinot Noir). We chose to plant these specific grapes in the Summer of 2008 for one very important reason. Unlike our good friends in the Finger Lakes, we do not have the luxury of having deep lakes and the prevailing southeast wind of Lake Ontario to create an insulating microclimate. Cazenovia sits approximately 1,450 feet above sea level and the lake is very shallow (only 65 feet) in comparison to other nearby lakes. In other words, we planted grapes that are rated down to -40F below to insulate ourselves from the cold evenings and frost.
Cazenovia Beverage Trail
We celebrated our “First Crush” in 2010 when we produced just over 1,000 cases of wine. In 2013, our portfolio has expanded to 12 wines that have very different characteristics.
We have you in mind when making our wines and hope you will enjoy them with those closest to you. Whether you’re a “bold and meaty” Cabernet Franc fan or a “fruity and whimsical”
Cazenovia Blush fan or even something in between, we feel confident that you will find something you’ll love at Owera.
2010 NEW YORK STATE FOOD AND WINE CLASSIC
- 2010 Cazenovia Blush Double Gold and Best in Class
- 2010 Semi Dry Riesling Double Gold Medal
- 2010 Dry Riesling Gold Medal
- Semi-Sweet Apple Bronze Medal
2011 DALLAS MORNING NEWS WINE COMPETITION
Come visit the Owera team at the festivals and tastings we attend throughout the year across all of New York. Join us for a Viva Ruby time!
Tastings & Cafe
TYPES OF TASTINGS
Includes 3 tastes of ANY wines included on this page
Includes 5 tastes of ANY wines included on this page
AND you can take home the souvenir wine glass
Owera’s Signature Welcome Wine
Betty’s White *Gold Medal Winner*
Named after Nancy’s mother, Betty’s White is semi-sweet and delicious.
A blend of several varieties, it features fruit-filled aromas and crisp acidity.
Dry White Wines
2010 Chardonnay *Gold Medal*
This blend of barrel and stainless steel fermented Chardonnay features toasty aromas and flavors of pineapple, vanilla and coconut. RS .7%
2011 Dry Riesling *Double Gold*
Hints of lime and honey are harmoniously paired with aromas of peach and citrus. RS .9% 83 points in Wine Spectator (February 2013)
Owahgena White *Silver Medal*
Finished medium-dry, this wine is the perfect food wine. It is a blend of Riesling, Cayuga White and Chardonnay. RS 1.0%
Semi Dry White Wines
Ripened pineapple, hints of mango and citrus undertones highlight this wine’s profile. It has beautiful balance, good viscosity and is held together by an acidic backbone. RS 2.0%
2011 Semi Dry Riesling *Double Gold*
This vintage features rich flavors of apricots and honeydew melon. It’s velvety smooth and balanced with just the right level of sweetness. RS 2.9% 87 points in Wine Spectator (February 2013)
Hints of tangerine and peaches are perfectly complimented with a robust sweetness and a lingering, crisp finish. RS 3.9%
Teddy’s Red *Silver Medal*
Loaded with black cherry flavors and aromas, this wine appeals to everyone. This semi-sweet red wine is made from 100% Chambourcin grapes. RS 4.0%
Semi Sweet Apple Wine *Gold Medal*
A blend of Cortland, Empire, Macintosh and Macoun apples contributes to this wine with aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. RS 4.0%
Cazenovia Blush *Best Blush in NYS*
This semi-sweet wine features aromas of strawberries and violets with luscious tropical fruit flavors. RS 4.5% *Best in Class* *Double Gold*
Dry Red Wines
2011 Cabernet Franc
Toasty aromas are followed by rich fruit flavors of blackberry and plum. Barrel aged for 9 months in American, Hungarian, and French oak adds complexity and length. RS 0.3%
A blend of Lemberger, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot gives this dry table wine complexity and a little punch of pepper. RS 0.4%
Extra mature cheddar, manchego, cranberry goat cheese, blueberry goat cheese, honey goat cheese, pesto verde, mozzarella, prosciutto, almonds, walnut and pecans with honey. Served with crackers.
Roasted olive tapenade, hummus, tzatziki or baba ganoush served with rosemary flats
8” Artisan Brick Oven Pizzas
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni and prosciutto
Olive oil, fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and drizzled with a balsamic reduction
Olive oil, rosemary, fresh mozzarella, feta and parmesan
Ricotta, goat cheese, pineapple, caramelized onions & Prosciutto topped with arugula salad with lemon olive oil
IMAGINE YOUR SPECIAL EVENT AT OWERA
While walking into the romantic hillside vineyard, you are embraced by a warm presence that will captivate your every step. Let our experienced staff help you create an event to remember at Owera Vineyard’s state of the art facility. Whether you host an intimate dinner in our rustic, chic tasting room or an elegant evening wedding overlooking the vineyard at sunset, we look forward to being your host and creating your life’s special moments.
"Owera Vineyards event center is the perfect marriage between rustic and refined. The warm and elegant sophistication is reflected by our unique design features. The inviting entrance features a palette of buttercream and chocolate brown surrounding a stunning chandelier. Upon entering the grand tent, it features white linen billowing from above, wrought iron chandeliers dripping with crystals, natural hardwood floors, perimeter lighting, heating & air conditioning and a pergola area with panoramic vineyard views"
- Maggie Borio
East Lake Designs
Upon entering the long, winding road of Owera Vineyards, all stress is relieved as our staff ensures a seamless and memorable experience. You are welcome to visit Owera during the hours we are open. To schedule an appointment with our events coordinator, please email events@oweravineyards. We are excited to show you how the overall experience of Owera Vineyards will make your special event everything you imagine and more!
Events at Owera
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Owera Gives Back
In addition to growing grapes and apples on our farm in Cazenovia, we have a beautiful and rather large organic garden on our 57 acre farm in Cazenovia. We grow garlic, asparagus, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, corn, peppers, herbs and sunflowers....but we get a little carried away! Each harvest season, we have plenty of produce, so what isn't consumed by family, friends, and employees, we donate to a couple of different food pantries in the area. A couple of years ago, we donated bushel baskets of tomatoes to the Downtown Food Pantry and one of the volunteers told me that a gentleman came in and said "I haven't had a fresh tomato in 10 years!"
- Nancy Muserlian
Caz Cares - Food Pantry
Downtown Emergency Services - Syracuse Cathedral Food Pantry
Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA)
When you do business with Owera Vineyards you may expect that your personal information will be kept private and confidential. At Owera Vineyards we are committed to maintaining your privacy and safeguarding your account, secure transaction, and personal information. Such information is considered confidential and non-public.
In order to ship and track merchandise, we make your name and address available to such companies as United Parcel Service. In no instance are these business affiliates allowed to use your personal information for any other purpose. A person 21 years of age or older must be present to sign for shipments of alcoholic beverages. Items usually arrive within 7-10 business days.
If you are not completely satisfied with any item you buy from us, at any time during your use of it, return it along with the receipt of purchase and we will refund your full purchase price. Please contact us for return instructions.
Age Restriction Policy
There are no materials, images, or words on this website that would normally raise any issue about age appropriateness. Alcoholic beverages may not be purchased by persons under 21 years of age.