Vineyard Improvement Program FAQ’s

Can I get a contract on a vineyard that I already removed?

Maybe. If you began work before April 12, 2018 (the date of the Concord Summit), it will not qualify. If you began work after that date and are able to document work done, you can apply for the program.

Can I replant Concords?

Yes. If the business plan shows that by keeping it as a Concord vineyard there will be an increase in production, enhanced farm profitability, and/or increased environmental compatibility of the farm operation or IPM compatibility with neighboring vineyards.

Is drainage work included in the land preparation?

All reasonable costs are eligible but most growers will exhaust the $1,500 per acre maximum without installing drainage.

When will I receive the money?

Because this is a reimbursement program, the money will be distributed once all work is done, receipts submitted, and final site visit has been completed.

Can I get help with my Business Plan/Budget?

Absolutely! All are welcome to call Kevin Martin at CLEREL at (716)792-2800 Ext. 202

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to send them to