||When the Farm Winery Act of 1976 was passed, Gene Pierce along with Eastman Beers, Edward Dalrymple, and Howard Kimball seized the opportunity to open the first winery on Seneca Lake. Glenora Wine Cellars received instant acclaim in wine circles when its initial vintage won several medals at the New York State Fair wine competition. These visionaries watched their farm winery grow to a commercial producer and win recognition in Wine Spectator magazine as one of the world’s top wineries.
Today, Glenora Wine Cellars is owned by Gene Pierce and Scott Welliver, who struck a friendship at a sail boat race in the early ’70’s. Gene’s and Scott’s varied business experiences and shared values have been a great asset. These entrepreneurs have overseen the creation of the 30 room Inn and the Veraisons Restaurant, which offers guests from around the world the finest accommodations and cuisine in the Finger Lakes.