Thirsty Owl Winery
Welcome to the Thirsty Owl Wine Company
Thirsty Owl Wine Company is a destination winery, midway up the West side of Cayuga Lake, dedicated to producing high quality wines. With 150 acres and over 2,000 feet of lake frontage, visitors can taste fine wine and enjoy breathtaking views of the lake and vineyards.
We have both mature plantings and several new acres planted in prime growing areas that border the lake's 300 feet plus waters. The water's ability to regulate air temperature lends to a meso climate that produces exceptional wines.
Thirsty Owl Winery offers tastings, a gift shop, and a bistro which operates seasonally. Our knowledgeable staff offers Thirsty Owl's great wine and food in a fun and friendly atmosphere, while providing the unforgettable experience of visiting an exceptional wine region.
History of the Thirsty Owl Wine Company
The history of the Thirsty Owl Wine Company began when Ted W. Cupp purchased 150 acres from Robert and Mary Plane on July 2, 2001 and established Wesley Wine Company. During the fall and winter of 2001 - 2002, construction began on both the tasting room and the wine making facility. The following spring (2002), with Shawn Kime as its first employee, work began on the lake vineyard located between the tasting room and the lake. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Malbec were planted in this vineyard.
On Friday September 13, 2002, The Thirsty Owl Wine Company opened its doors for the first time with Mary Dauber managing the tasting room. We had four wines and produced approximately 1,200 cases. During December 2002 Jon Cupp joined the staff as President to provide the needed leadership and to guide the company's growth.
Since 2002 we have increased production by over 1000% and at the same time The Thirsty Owl Wine Company's name has become synonymous with award winning wines. The winery has won many prestigious awards including the Governor's Cup and the John Rose award for their Rieslings. This past year its Pinot Noir was the highest rated North American Pinot at the Taster's Guild International competition.
Since the beginning, The Thirsty Owl Wine Company has prided itself on producing only the highest quality wines, in a friendly atmosphere, with the most spectacular view of Cayuga Lake.