Grape Discovery Center plays host to NYS maple producers

WESTFIELD – The Grape Discovery Center in Westfield recently hosted nearly 100 maple producers from across New York state and other states as part of the 2014 New York State Maple Tour.

The New York State Maple Producers Association’s three-day event was organized by the Chautauqua County Maple Producers Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County and was based at Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center in Mayville.

David Momberger, operations chair for the Grape Discovery Center, provided background history of the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, now in its ninth year and the owner/operator of the Grape Discovery Center.

The center’s Grand Opening was held in September 2013. Momberger, who is the general manager of Growers Grape Juice Cooperative, also provided information about the grape industry and grape farming in the region.

Chautauqua County and Erie County, Pa., make up the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt and combined have 60 percent of all the grape acreage in the two states.