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Organic Grape Research and Demonstration Vineyard

Nearly 10,000 acres of grapes are grown along the Pennsylvania shore of Lake Erie. The predominant variety is Concord, which is grown for both juice and wine. In 2005, Penn State faculty and staff began research into organic grape production at the Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center (LERGREC) in North East PA. The Concord variety was a logical first choice for organic grape production research as it is well adapted to the region, generally requires fewer pesticide inputs compared to other grape varieties, and is marketed and consumed for taste and health benefits by children and adults. In 2006, a mature 0.84 acre vineyard of Concord grapes at the LERGREC began the 3 year transition to certified organic. Our first organic crop was harvested in 2008, and the vineyard is being used to provide research based information to an evolving set of guidelines on organic grape disease management that will assist interested growers.
Organic Grape Vineyard

Organic Grape Vineyard

Resulting information on disease management in organic grape can be found in the Disease Management Guidelines for Organic Grape Production in the Lake Erie Region (Hed and Travis, 2007).