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Fox Valley Winery seeks expanded hours, plans slot machines

A glass of wine isn’t the only thing patrons could soon enjoy with a trip to Fox Valley Winery in Oswego.

Winery owners are proposing on-site food options, slot machines, and an extended schedule of group events and classes.

Winery owner Richard Faltz brought his proposal to the Oswego Village Board on Tuesday in hopes of expanding his business and its hours of operation.

The Oswego winery, which currently opens for tasting and classes at 10 a.m., could open as early as 8 a.m. and stay open until 11 p.m., long past the current 6 p.m. close time.

The extended hours mean more business and would help cater to the winery’s clientele. 

With the addition of five video gaming machines and a video gaming room, patrons could enjoy a cup of coffee in the early morning hours and spend some time playing slots, Faltz said.

“We found a lot of single women from 60 to 70 years old have quiet mornings. They can come out and be with somebody and socialize earlier than 10 a.m.,” he said.

Extended hours mean guests could also make an entire evening out of their trip, he said. 

With the addition of small food plates, salads, wood-fired pizzas and cheese options, the winery becomes a one-stop shop for a night out on the town, he said.

Village Board President Gail Johnson said the food menu is a welcome addition to the winery’s offerings.

“I’m excited to see the food additions,” she said. “It makes it nicer to sit longer and taste the wines.”

Faltz said the new venture will also include hosting more monthly educational classes, as well. Currently, the facility holds between five and 10 special events a month. The winery is proposing to offer additional classes on a regular basis. Topics range from chef food demonstrations, wine pairings, healthy living classes and educational events focusing on wine, cider and beer production.

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