Located south of Owasco Lake, Chateau Dusseau specializes in Cabernet Franc, but also produces uncommon whites such as a dry Niagara and a semi-dry Aurore. The winery has dabbled in experiments with the latter grape to gauge its suitability for making sparkling wine in the future.
The winery’s events also march to a different beat. They range from an ugly sweater party to a Neil Young-themed open-mic gathering, complete with a birthday cake honoring the rock legend.
The two owners, brothers Robert and Stephen Dusseau, developed the site for about five years, including building the tasting room and winemaking facility themselves, then opened the winery in May 2006.
Tasting room hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the winter. Noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the summer and fall. Call ahead for exact hours. Reservations requested for groups of 10 or more.
Accessibility: Fully accessible tasting room; partially accessible restroom.
Tasting fee: $2 for five or six samples. The tasting fee is refunded if a purchase is made.
Amenities: The winery samples and sells wine at the Moravia Farmers Market, 130 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, June through October.