Greetings, everyone!  Yes, we are open! We have resumed our normal hours, Monday through Saturday, 10 am - 5:30 pm, and Sundays from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm.  

Our Bistro is also open for dining Thursday - Monday, 11:30 am - 5 pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Our Bistro dining is all outdoors on picnic tables with umbrellas on the lawn overlooking the lake.  

We ask that before you visit us, you read and review the following guidelines, set forth with the guidance of the County Health Department and the State of New York:

- All guests WILL be required to wear masks/face coverings for entrance into the winery and for the duration of your visit with us in and around the grounds. This includes children 2 years of age and over. They may be removed for wine tasting. Bistro guests must also wear them until they are seated at their tables.  Appropriate social and physical distancing will also apply for the protection of our customers and staff. We will be greeting you at the door.

- We will NOT BE TAKING RESERVATIONS in the tasting room or the Bistro. Tastings and dining will be first come, first serve. This may mean a bit of waiting time to enter the building, as we have to adhere to a 50% crowd capacity. We will do everything we can to minimize your waiting time in the most efficient manner possible.

- For social distancing purposes and due to the spacing in our tasting room, we can only accept groups of 12 or less. If your party is larger than 6, you will be asked to split up and enter in smaller groups. If your group is OVER 12 people, we will unfortunately not be able to grant you entry into the winery at this time. NO bus,       limo or tour groups larger than 12, please. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

- We ask that you leave your furry dog friends home at this time. While we love them, cute doggies lead to us get closer to each other, making it harder to adhere to social distancing. 

- If you are in need of shuttle service pick up at our dock when arriving by boat, please call us first at 866-869-5805, before you set out for the day. Availability will be limited, but possible on some days.

-Tastings are mostly done outside on our covered patio deck, but please note that depending on crowds, capacity, and day, you MAY end up inside our socially distanced tasting room to taste. Tasting flights remain $5 per person, for your choice of any 5 wines from our list. $2 of that is refundable towards a purchase of a bottle of wine.

Please know that we have been, and remain, extremely grateful for the support you’ve all shown us during these past months. We know things are going to look different, and we ask for your patience as we navigate these policies and changes. A fun and worthwhile tasting experience when you arrive will continue to be our main goal, along with providing comfort and safety for our customers, employees and families. We cannot wait to see everyone!

Thirsty Owl Winery

Thirsty Owl Winery

Thirsty Owl Winery

Thirsty Owl Winery

Thirsty Owl Winery

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Welcome to Thirsty Owl Wine Company, home of some of the oldest vinifera vines in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Come experience the beauty of our vineyard, spanning 150 acres nestled on the western shore of Cayuga Lake. With over 2,000 feet of lake frontage, we are dedicated to producing award winning wines of several varietals. Enjoy our wines in a fun, friendly atmosphere with a knowledgeable staff and a breathtaking view.

Our Wines

2017 Riesling
2016 Pinot Noir
2014 Apple Wine
2016 Chardonnay
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2017 Riesling

Fruit forward, with notes of peach and plum, and a bright, clean finish..

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2016 Pinot Nior

Flavors of strawberry and red currant, accented by hints of oak and earthy undertones.

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2014 Apple Wine

Light, fruity & crisp.

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2016 Chardonnay

Aromas of tangy green apple, medium-bodied with mild oak.

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The Bistro at Thirsty Owl offers a unique outdoor dining experience with spectacular views of Cayuga Lake overlooking our vineyards. Enjoy a glass of wine and delectable seasonal menu options made with local ingredients – whether you’re looking for a casual lunch or to hold a larger gathering, we provide a true Finger Lakes culinary delight guaranteed to enhance your visit to this beautiful wine region.

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We invite our visitors to enjoy our wines in the beautiful region of the Finger Lakes – our location showcases breathtaking views of Cayuga lake and our working vineyards for a truly unique wine country experience.

Arrive by boat! Our winery is one of the few on Cayuga Lake that offers a 14 slip dock to park your boat. Rides up to the vineyard based on availability and weather – please call our tasting room at 866-869-5805 for transportation to the winery. It’s also a pleasant half mile (uphill) walk to get to our tasting room from the boat dock.

*Please call us at 866-869-5805 to make tasting reservations for groups and parties of 12 or more.* 

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6861 Route 89 Ovid, NY 14521
Thirsty Owl Wine Company proudly produces quality, memorable wines in a friendly atmosphere, amidst a spectacular view of Cayuga Lake.
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