There are approximately 30,000 acres of vineyard in the Lake Erie region of New York and Pennsylvania grown on 840 farms, making this the largest grape growing region outside of California.
Of this acreage, 98.5% consists of Labrusca (American Grape) varieties such as 'Concord' and 'Niagara' which are used for juice, jam and other fresh or fermented products. The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program consists of Extension Educators and research faculty/staff from Cornell University and Penn State University devoted to projects aimed at increasing yields, product quality, diversity and improvement of cultivars, efficiency of production, profitability and adoption of environmentally sound cultural and pest management strategies.
The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program is supported, in part, by
county Cornell Cooperative Extensions including:
Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara Counties in New York
and Erie County in Pennsylvania.
To visit one of these Cornell Cooperative Extension's web sites,
simply click on a county within the map.
2024 LERGP Winter Grape Grower Conference
March 14, 2024
Winter Grower Conference
2024 NYSDEC How to Get Certified Course
April 4, 2024 : NYSDEC How to Get Certified Training Course and Exam Registration
NYSDEC training course in preparation to take the pesticide applicator exam
LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting #1 -Special Spotted Lanternfly Focus
May 1, 2024 : LERGP Coffee Pot Meeting
North East, PA
Come learn how to manage SLF when it arrives. Discussion will be centered around Spotted Lanternfly research, management, experience and best practice for dealing with new and established infestations. Lunch is provided today.
NYWGF visits the Chautauqua RegionThe New York Wine & Grape Foundation, led by Executive Director Sam Filler, is thrilled to announce their upcoming visit to your region this April!
During this visit, NWYGF will host an information session about programs affecting our industry. As you may know, NYWGF is sponsoring a Vineyard Survey aimed at gathering accurate and insightful data about grape growing in New York. If you are a grape grower or wine maker in the state, your input is crucial in shaping the future of funding and promotion for the industry. By participating in the survey, you will be contributing valuable data that will help inform decisions about the industry's future growth. We invite you to learn more about the Vineyard Survey, how you can help by providing your data, and how the results will be shared and will support the industry.
The NYWGF team will also be sharing information about our valuable membership benefits and services, as well as giving you an overview of the New York Sustainable Winegrowing Program. The New York Sustainable Winegrowing Program provides a clear pathway for vineyards to achieve certification by implementing regionally defined sustainability standards.
To make the visit even more valuable, a free lunch will be provided.
This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the exciting developments happening in New York's wine and grape industry. NYWGF is thankful to our partner, American National Insurance, for making this visit possible. This public-private partnership showcases the impact that we can have when we work together towards a common goal.