The passing of the Farm Winery Act of 1976 was the catalyst for the establishment of our winery. As this legislation passed, our current owner, Gene Pierce, along with Eastman Beers, Edward Dalrymple, all independent grape growers at the time, and businessman Howard Kimball, began to toy with the idea of getting into the wine business. After some conversations at a Halloween party, the four decided to take action and Glenora Wine Cellars was born.
The winery was officially incorporated on January 17, 1977, what we like to call Incorporation Day, and officially opened in May of 1978, making it the very first winery on Seneca Lake. Over our 40 year history, we’ve experienced many “firsts” as a winery in the Finger Lakes and we’ve evolved and grown just as the Finger Lakes wine industry has. With any milestone comes time for reflection and as we celebrate 40 years, we like to look back at how it all began.….
Stay tuned to our Facebook page for 40th Anniversary pop-up party announcements and other happenings!