The board of directors of Empire State Development (ESD) has awarded a nearly $1 million grant to the holding company of Owera Vineyards in Madison County.
EBAC, LLC will use a regional-council capital-fund grant of $994,000 to help pay for the cost of creating a new winery and farm on 58 acres of land adjacent to Cazenovia Lake in the town of Cazenovia.
EBAC completed the project in May, according to an ESD news release. The vineyard will use the funding to retain four jobs and create five new, full-time jobs.
The project scope included construction of a 11,700-square-foot building and barn for wine production, tastings, and related events. EBAC also purchased and installed new machinery and equipment, according to ESD.
For the past two years, owner Nancy Muserlain has operated Owera Vineyards from a temporary facility with “limited” wine production and warehousing capability, ESD said.
Owera Vineyards currently services more than a dozen wholesale clients including Liquor City in Fayetteville, MacKinnon Liquors of Cazenovia, and the Wine House of Manlius.
Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic-development agency.