The Concord Grape Belt along the southern shores of Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York is the largest and oldest Concord grape growing region in the world. And now grape-loving and wine- loving visitors can learn all about this mighty fruit when they pay a visit at the new Grape Discovery Center (just opened since June) in Westfield, New York.
A Bit About Concord Grapes Concord grapes were first produced in the mid-1800's in Concord, Massachusetts (hence, the name) and today they are found in juices, jams and jellies and wines.
Grape Discovery Center Located along Route 20, the Grape Discovery Center relates the history of the 150 years of grape-growing in the Lake Erie Grape region which is now home to 30,000 acres of vineyards and more than 20 wineries.
At the Grape Discovery Center guests can visit the Tasting Room where they can sample 100% pure Concord Grape Juice, grape products (like jams) and wines from the Lake Erie Wine Country. Wine tastings are $6 for 4 samples. Many of the wines, by the way are not made with Concord grapes but can be found at local wineries. Special Note: Bottles of wine are not sold at the Grape Discovery Center. If you find a wine that you enjoy, the staff can direct you to the winery where it can be found.
The Grape Discovery Center also includes several exhibits and displays (many interactive) where you can learn about the area's history and their grape harvest and production in addition to the local wine industry.
Make sure that you check out the gift shop where visitors can purchase grape-related items like juices, soaps,vinaigrettes, clothing, grape candles, lip balm and food items like salsa and ice cream toppings. You can even purchase your own grape vine for $20. The gift shop also offers food tastings and food demonstrations.
Hours for the Grape Discovery Center are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
For more information about the Grape Discovery Center call 716-326-2003 or get online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grape Discovery Center is located at 8305 West Main Road in Westfield, New York. Westfield is 128 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 2 hour, 13 minute drive.