Welcome to Owera Vineyards!
Owera Vineyards is a picturesque rural and groomed farm winery including grapevines, gardens, ponds and orchards. Our warm and welcoming tasting room houses our award-winning wine portfolio. Our stunning tasting room, with handcrafted white oak bar offers many varieties of brick-oven pizzas and artisan cheese platters. Our expanded tank room can be viewed from the tasting room. Stroll through the vineyard at your leisure or sit outside on the patio with a glass of wine. Feel free to walk the property and enjoy the ambience. Owera welcomes you!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 300 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 a sustainable vegetable and herb 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
From the eastern shores of Cazenovia Lake to the rolling hills of the Cazenovia country side, be prepared for a unique experience in one of the most beautiful and most bountiful regions of New York State. Home to crafters of wine, hard cider and beer, the Cazenovia Beverage Trail invites you to sip and savor some of the finest libations Cazenovia has to offer, all within a ten-mile radius.
Dry Wines2012 Chardonnay – Starts off buttery and ends with citrusy notes. Very full, broad flavors. 13.8% alcohol
2013 Solo Chardonnay – You no longer have to say: “The fruit is hidden in there somewhere!” Introducing the un-oaked version of Owera’s classic Chardonnay. This fruit-forward wine finishes dry with notes of green apple throughout. 13.8% alcohol
2013 Dry Riesling – You will find aromas of peach and mango followed by a burst of tropical fruit flavor that makes this wine lively and fresh. The finish brings notes of lime and mineral to the taster’s palate. 11.7% alcohol
Janey’s Rose – Alluring floral and berry aromas introduce flavors of strawberry and citrus on the finish. Light, fresh and crisp, this blend of Lemberger and Pinot Noir Rose is perfect for drinking chilled during the summer months. 12.6% Alcohol
Owahgena Red – A nicely rounded finish from a blend of DeChaunac and Merlot varieties. Notes of boysenberry and walnut flavors 12.3% Alcohol
2012 Cabernet Franc - Toasty aromas are followed by rich fruit flavors of blackberry and plum. Barrel aging in American, French, and Hungarian oak adds complexity and length. 13.1% Alcohol This wine features a balance of cherry, blackberry, plum fruit flavors with nut and oak flavors. The addition of a small amount of Merlot gave this wine the correct amount of body and strength you would expect of a Cabernet Franc. The combination of Cabernet Franc grapes from 2 different vineyards each on different Finger Lakes also adds to the complexity of this wine.
Betty’s White – Semi-sweet and delicious, this blend of Cayuga White and Vidal Blanc features flavors and aromas of peaches, pears, and melon with a smooth and crisp finish. 11.5% alcohol
Owahgena White - This wine is a beautifully balanced blend of vinifera (Riesling and Traminette) and hybrid (Cayuga and Vidal) grape varieties. Finished off-dry, Owahgena White is introduced by aromas of lime and melon with strong citrus flavors. Notes of herbs and minerals accompany a refreshing level of crispness throughout. 11.5% Alcohol
2012 Semi-Dry Riesling – Rich flavors of apricot and honeydew melon with notes of grapefruit and peaches. It is velvety smooth and balanced with just the right level of sweetness. 12.8% Alcohol
2013 Frontenac Gris – Grown in Owera's own vineyard, this cold-hardy grape produces aromas of mango and pineapple while this delightful wine is sipped. Flavorful and unique, this wine finishes with the perfect amount of residual sugar. 11.2% alcohol
Cazenovia Blush – This semi-sweet blush wine features aromas of strawberries and violets with luscious tropical fruit flavors. 11.5% Alcohol
Teddy’s Red – Loaded with black cherry flavors and aromas, it appeals to everyone. 11.4% Alcohol Cazenovia 1793 - This fortified wine is made of 100% Chambourcin grapes, aged in American oak, with rich aromas of spice, tea, and ripe red fruit. Strong black cherry flavors compliment this full bodied wine. 20% Alcohol
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
Complimentary tasting for our guests. 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.
Starts off buttery and ends with citrusy notes. Very full broad flavors.
2012 Dry Riesling
Aromas of peach and citrus compliment this food friendly wine, hints of lime and honey are followed by a long finish.
Fresh, easy-drinking white table wine with an off-dry finish, suitable for any casual meal, picnic, or get-togethers.
2012 Semi Dry Riesling
Rich flavors of apricots and honeydew melon with notes of grapefruite and peaches. It is velvety smooth and balanced with just the right level of sweetness.
2012 Frontenac Gris
Fresh and fruity tastes with strong pineapple overtones, silky and mouth filling with excellent body.
This semi-sweet blush wine features aromas of strawberries and violets with luscious tropical fruit flavors.
Alluring floral and berry aromas introduce flavors of strawberry and citrus on the finish.
2012 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.
A nicely rounded finish from a blend of dry varieties. Notes of cherry, boysenberry and walnut flavors. Great with dark chocolate.
Loaded with black cherry flavors and aroma this is excellent in the summer or with an Italian meal.
Fresh mozzarella, proscuitto, cheddar, crandberry goat cheese, honey goat cheese, pesto verde, mango ginger stilton, pecans, walnuts, and almonds drizzled with honey. Served with breadsticks and crackers. Served with crackers.
Hummus, tzatziki, house roasted marinated red peppers, marinated olives, served with warm pita
8” Artisan Brick Oven Pizzas
Red sauce, shredded mozzarella, pepperoni, topped with prosciutto
Garlic infused olive oil, fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, pink sea salt, topped with basil and balsamic glaze
House-made roasted garlic paste, fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions, topped with parmesan and fresh ground pepper
Ricotta, goat cheese,caramelized onions, diced pineapple and mango,topped with prosciutto and seasonal greens
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
11am - 7pm
11am - 7pm
11am - 7pm
11am - 5pm
11am - 5pm (Tastings at 12pm)
Check out our Facebook page to see the latest 'Summer Specials' that we will be running!
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)
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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.