Lake Erie Wine Country, located in the largest grape growing region east of the Rockies, extends roughly 40 miles from Silver Creek, New York (Chautauqua County) to North East, Pennsylvania. The southern shore of Lake Erie has a long grape and wine heritage that begins with the geological history of the area. During the Ice Age, glaciers descended from the north gouging out great trenches, and brought with them tremendous quantities of Canadian soil, rocks and boulders. As temperatures began to warm these glaciers receded, filling the trenches with glacial melt to form the Great Lakes, and left in their wake, ridges of soil and gravel along the Lake Erie shore. Today, the Chautauqua-Lake Erie wine and grape region produces wines for all tastes, from fruity native Labruscas and exquisite French-American wines to European-style wines. The styles produced here are unique and diverse, resulting in wide spread consumer enthusiasm.