Puddicombe Estate Winery Story Began in 1797

A 213 year old family fruit farm began as a cattle farm and in the early 1900's became fruit farmers.

History

 

 

Welcome to the world of

Puddicombe Estate Farms & Winery!

 

We are a 214 year old family fruit farm. Our story begins in 1797 as cattle farmers. In the early 1900's we became fruit farmers.

 

1940 saw the planting of the first vineyard and today we are a working farm of approximately 300 acres of fruit. To keep up with changing times our owner Murray Puddicombe along with a wine master Jim Warren, formed a partnership and Stoney Ridge Winery was brought to our location. Also born at the same time was a general store, bake shop, and cafe. Introduced a few years later was an agricultural train and a pick your own operation.

 

Ten years and much growth later saw the winery outgrow the vision that our owner had. The winery was sold and moved, and within three years Puddicombe Estate Farms and Winery opened it's doors.

 

Many of the guests that visit with us here on the farm are always amazed at all the farm has to offer.

 

Stop by and spend some time with us! We love to make our guests feel at home and you will never be disappointed with the food, wine or hospitality you will receive.

 

 

 

The Train Ride

 

Little Pudd is the original train from the world famous Crystal Beach Amusement Park.   Little Pudd has been with Puddicombe Farms since 1997 and is considered an agricultural touring train on the farm.

 

The ride will take you through the orchards, vineyards and by the waterways. One of the favorite attractions on the farm.

 

TRAIN SCHEDULE

Weather Permitting

 

January - April: Closed.

May: Open weekends only.

June: Open weekends & during the week if there is school tours on weekdays. Please call for daily ride report.

July - August: 10-2 Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 10-4 Weekends

September: Open weekends only.

October: Open weekends & during the week if there is school tours on weekdays. Please call for daily ride report.

November: Call for daily ride report

December: Only runs for our Polar Express Event

 

 

 

 

Milestones

 

1797 - Farm Established: cattle farmers

 

1901 -  First planting of fruit trees

 

1940 - First planting of grapes

 

1947 - Lewis Puddicombe graduates from University of Guelph

 

1973 - Murray Puddicombe graduates from University of Guelph

 

1989 - Partnership formed with Jim Warren and STONEY RIDGE CELLARS was started

 • Opening of store. Café and bake shop

 

1997

 • Purchased train and opening of Little Pudd, first agricultural farm tour.

 • Stoney Ridge was sold and moved to Vineland, ON

 • 200th Birthday of farm

 

1999

 • Lindsay Puddicombe graduates from University of Guelph

 • Summerville train station arrived at Puddicombe Farms

 

2000

 • Birth of Puddicombe Estate Winery, winemaker Lindsay Puddicombe

  • Business of the Year Award from Hamilton Tourism

 

2001

 • Business of the year Award for under 50,000 visitors from Hamilton Tourism

 • Puddicombe Farms wins the city of Hamilton’s Tourism Award of Excellence as well as Rookie of the Year Award.

 • Puddicombe winery developed our fruit wines,  Iced apple, pear-i-dice, raspberry, strawberry, peach, blueberry, cherry

 

2003

 • Lindsay Puddicombe graduates from Niagara College Viticulture Program

• Murray goes into partnership with Robert Ketchin and John Ardiel and establishes Georgian Hills Winery in Collingwood, ON

 

2006

 • Brock Puddicombe graduates from University of Guelph and comes home to farm to help sister Lindsay and beginning to take over the farm from 7th generation Murray Puddicombe their father.

 • Legacy Award  from Hamilton Chamber

 

2007

 • Celebrated our 210 Birthday

 • Welcomed the Admiral Dewey train car to the farm, from Springvale, New York

 • Agri-Tourism Business Award

 

2009

 • Open the Puddicombe Farm Stay (bed and breakfast) in our completely refurbished Caboose

 

2010

 • Establishes Puddicombe Cider Co. which is mother of Sir Isaac Pear Cider

 • Awarded Tourism Awards of |Excellence from Hamilton Tourism

 

2011

 • Started the first Cider Fest

 

2012

 • Lifetime Achievement Award from City of Hamilton

 

List of Wine Awards through the years

 

 

address

 

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store hours

 

Open January 12th - March 22nd

Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Closed Sundays & Family Day

 

OPEN April

Saturday & Sunday 10-4

 

OPEN May - December

7 days a week from 9-5

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