It takes courage and a sense of adventure to be a trailblazer and Glenora Wine Cellars was the first winery on Seneca Lake. Gene Pierce, along with Eastman Beers, Edward Dalrymple, and Howard Kimball jumped at the opportunity to open the winery after the Farm Winery Act of 1976 was passed.
In 1987, the winery expanded its production facility, and retail sales area and added a restaurant, The Wine Garden Café. This was the first winery restaurant on the western shores of Seneca Lake. They