FAQs

Tour Information

Touring the exhibits, shopping and tasting generally takes an hour. Feel free to linger with a glass of wine or grape juice in the tasting room or on the patio just steps away from a working vineyard.

Yes, children will enjoy the interactive exhibits and grape juice offered at the tasting bar.

We serve small bites of cheese and crackers along with wine, grape juice, and coffee in the tasting room. We also have other small snacks such as jumbo pretzels, individual pizza, hummus plus grape bars and grape pie in season. Lunches can be arranged for groups with advance notice.

We are happy to provide guides for group tours with at least a one week advance notice.

Regional Information

There are approximately 30,000 acres of grape vineyards along a 50 mile stretch of the Lake Erie shoreline between Silver Creek, NY and Harborcreek, PA.

The Lake Erie Grape Belt is home to the oldest and largest Concord grape growing region in the world. While the Concord variety was not developed until 1849, the first grape seedlings were brought to this area by Elijah Fay in 1818. Dr. Thomas Welch and his son, Charles, founded the first grape juice production facility in Westfield, NY in 1897.

The majority of grapes grown in the region are Concords, a Vitis labrusca species predominantly used in producing grape juice, jams and jellies. Niagara, a white V. labrusca variety, is also widely grown. Wine grapes planted in the region include V. vinifera white varieties like Chardonnay and Riesling and hybrid varieties like Vidal and Vignoles. Red varieties include Blaufrankisch (Lemberger), Cabernet Franc and hybrid varieties like Noiret and Chambourcin.

A loamy soil and temperate climate located between the Lake Erie shoreline and a protective ridge left by the glaciers 20,000 years ago provide a friendly microclimate for growing grapes and other fruit. Lake Erie moderates the climate in this narrow region, cooling the air in spring to hold back blossoms until the danger of frost has past while warming the air in Autumn for a longer growing season.

Currently, there are 24 wineries in the region that are promoted as a wine trail through Lake Erie Wine Country. Thirteen wineries are located in New York State and eleven are located in Pennsylvania.

Shop Information

We are currently working on our online store. Please check our website periocically for updates.

Yes we can, and we would be happy to package and ship any of the items that we carry in our gift shop. You can send an email to info@grapediscoverycenter.com, or call us at 716.326.2003, and someone will take care of arranging that for you.

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