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Hosmer Winery founders honored by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation

This article is being republished here with permission from the Finger Lakes Times. Congratulations to Cameron and Maren Hosmer on this outstanding recognition!

The founders of Hosmer Winery are being recognized by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation for their contributions to the industry.

Cameron and Maren Hosmer will be presented The Jim Trezise Lifetime Achievement Award at the foundation’s Unity Awards Luncheon March 5-6 during the B.E.V. NY Conference at the Hotel Canandaigua on Lakeshore Drive. The Hosmers are among several Unity Award recipients who will be honored at the luncheon.

The Hosmer Winery team includes (from left) Winemaker Julia Hoyle; Anna Hosmer; owners Maren and Cameron Hosmer; General Manager Brooke Morsch; and Vineyard Manager Tim Hosmer.

Trezise is the former director of the Wine and Grape Foundation. He now heads WineAmerica, a national organization that promotes the nation’s wine industry.

The foundation said the Lifetime Achievement Award “recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the New York wine and grape industry and made impactful contributions that advanced the industry.”

Cameron Hosmer expressed thanks for the honor.

“When you love what you do, it becomes even more special when other people in the industry recognize the passion and hard work that you’ve put in year over year,” he said. “To receive the Lifetime Achievement Award is an honor, yet we can’t help but say that there’s more work to be done.”

According to the Wine and Grape Foundation, the Unity Awards were created in 1990 “to recognize, encourage, and celebrate cooperation among grape growers, wineries, researchers, retailers, and others to advance the entire industry.”

Sam Filler, director of the foundation, said the “Unity Awards Luncheon is a yearly highlight for me, a true celebration of our vibrant grape and wine community in New York. It’s a moment to recognize the outstanding leadership and achievements of our community members. This year’s winners truly embody the essence of the Unity Awards, reflecting the vision set by our founder, Jim Trezise. In the spirit of giving back, we’re thrilled to extend the opportunity for each Unity Award winner to direct a donation to an industry-related program in their name.”

According to the winery, Cameron Hosmer’s father, a Syracuse textile manufacturer, envisioned growing grapes on the slopes of Cayuga Lake at the family’s summer home. In the 1970s, Cameron and Maren Hosmer started planting grapevines and selling grapes to others. Eventually they decided to get into the winemaking business themselves, founding Hosmer Winery in 1985.

Hosmer said its wines include a wide variety of styles made from traditional vinifera, as well as French-American hybrid varieties.

The business noted that its wines have been recognized consistently over the years at both regional and international competitions, as well as by highly respected publications including the Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits, USA Today, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

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