Staff Bios - Scott Osborn
President/Co-Owner (25 Years)
To Scott Osborn, Rochester native, the acquisition of Fox Run Vineyards was the natural culmination of his passion for wine and commitment to the industry.
The son of two professors, Osborn's first interest was international politics. Attending the Friends World College, a unique university with campuses all over the globe, he studied in Kenya, India, Thailand, Japan, and England.
He went into real estate development in 1974, later opening an office in Lake County California, a well-known viticulture area. The move there proved to be fortuitous; living so close to the vines Osborn became interested in wine. In 1980 he took his first job at Konocti Winery labeling bottles. He then went on to work at Firestone Vineyards, Zaca Mesa, and Byron Winery in Santa Barbara. During his time at Byron he came back to visit family and during a wine tasting trip around Seneca Lake tasted a Wagner Vineyards Barrel aged Chardonnay. It was his first experience with a brilliant cool climate wine and he realized that this was where he wanted to make wines and ultimately own his own vineyard and winery.
In 1985, there was not a lot of winemaking jobs available so he began working for a wine distributor and then went on to be General Manager of Pindar Vineyards on Long Island. In 1993, Fox Run became available and in partnership with Andy Hale they purchased it.
Since the purchase of the winery in 1993, he has resided in the beautifully renovated farmhouse originally built on the property in 1870. Initially assuming the responsibilities of winemaking, along with the myriad tasks of management, speaking engagements and travel, he chose to hire a full-time winemaker. His selection of Peter Bell in June of 1995 satisfied his desire to engage the most gifted winemaker in the Finger Lakes region. Their shared vision for quality wine production has freed Osborn to the task of managing the winery and planning for its future. He regularly participates in wine judging's, panel discussions, and symposiums dealing with the many challenges of an increasingly sophisticated appellation.
In 1997 he was recognized by the US government through USAID to travel to the Hungarian wine regions and give a series of highly successful workshops focusing on wine tourism and the benefits to the local economy. While there he spoke on how cooperation within the wine industry and partnerships with other local tourism associations can greatly benefit the local economy. The highly successful working relationship between Scott, Peter, and Vineyard manager John Kaiser has resulted in spectacular grapes, wines, and successful introductions of State of the Art vineyard practices, keeping Fox Run Vineyards on the cutting edge of grape growing and winemaking.
On Christmas day of 1998 three days after turning 50 Scott married long time sweet heart Ruth Worden. Fox Run received the Lake Friendly Farm designation from Yates County Soil and water Conservation. This award is given to farms whose farming practices do not negatively impact Seneca Lake. He has been President of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail two times and is past President of Finger Lakes Wine Alliance currently he is a founding member and current President of the New York Wine Industry Association which was founded in 2009 to represent the Wine Industry to educate legislators in Albany on issues that will impact our wineries and vineyards in New York State. He is also heavily involved with a number of local and regional charities. For two years he was co-chair of the HARC International Wine Auction of Herkimer and a founder of the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and Wine Auction benefiting Camp Good Days and Special Times, which is now one of the largest single charity competitions in the US. He is a member of New York Farm Bureau and is one of the Yates County delegates to the State Convention.
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