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Owners of winery in Constantia honored for entrepreneurship by Operation Oswego County

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Pictured from left to right, are: L. Michael Treadwell, Operation Oswego County (OOC) executive director; Richard and Elizabeth Hamilton, co-owners of Grace Tyler Estate Winery in Constantia; and Ellen Holst, OOC board president. (PHOTO CREDIT: OPERATION OSWEGO COUNTY)

OSWEGO, N.Y. — Operation Oswego County (OOC), at its recent annual meeting, recognized the owners of the Grace Tyler Estate Winery in Constantia with an entrepreneurship award.

OOC on June 16 presented its 2022 Dee Heckethorn Entrepreneur Award to Richard and Elizabeth Hamilton “in recognition and appreciation of exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and dedication for embarking on their dream of opening a winery.” 

The winery — which had its first harvest in 2017 and received 15 awards at 10 wine competitions between 2017 and 2021 — was also lauded by OOC “for enhancing the growing tourism industry on the north shore of Oneida Lake and in Oswego County.”

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