A Lewis County winery received some special attention from Congressman Bill Owens Tuesday afternoon.
Tug Hill Vineyards, located in Lowville, is a family owned and operated winery that is growing with leaps and bounds.
The Congressman took a tour of the facility and discussed the two grants that owners Sue and Mike Maring say helped them continuously grow.
Tug Hill Vineyards received two grants, the USDA Economic Development Grant and the Value Added Grant. New equipment to help with manufacturing and distributing their product was able to be purchased, as well as three additional staff.
The Maring’s say that they work diligently to grow the best product possible and are proud of their continued growth as a business thanks to the support from their local neighbors.
Northern New York has seen growth and development in locally produced wine and grapes. By partnering with neighboring farmers who are producing grapes, the Maring’s have also been able to purchase alternative grapes, stimulating other agricultural producers in the area.
Congressman Owens says he applauds the Maring’s for not only growing their small business, but helping other local farmers along the way.
To view upcoming events at Tug Hill Vineyards visit www.tughillvineyards.com.
For more information and to hear from Congressman Owens and the Maring’s, watch the complete video story.